Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

The Colorado Avalanche weren't able to retain defensive coach Andre Tourigny or video coach Mario Duhamel.

Tourigny has resigned so that he can pursue a head coaching gig. Meanwhile Duhamel wants a role behind the bench and has been given permission to talk to other teams so that he can find one. Patrick Roy still has assistant coach Tim Army, who was also part of former bench boss Joe Sacco's staff.
Source: Denver Post
May 19 - 9:48 AM

Chris MacFarland will become the assistant general manager of the Colorado Avalanche.

He has been with the Columbus Blue Jackets for the last 16 years and had been working as a member of the team's hockey operations staff. "Chris MacFarland has been an important member of this organization for many years and his contributions to our hockey club have been significant," GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "He has been presented with an exciting opportunity outside our organization and while we are sorry to see him leave, we thank Chris for his years of service, hard work and commitment to the Blue Jackets and wish him and his family all the best in the future."
May 18 - 5:52 PM

Andreas Martinsen has agreed to a one-year, entry-level contract with Colorado.

Martinsen had 18 goals, 41 points, and 99 penalty minutes in 50 DEL games with Duesseldorf EG. In addition to playing in Germany's top hockey league, he also served for Team Norway in the 2015 World Championships. He had an assist in seven games in the tournament.
May 15 - 3:14 PM

Matt Duchene and Jordan Eberle are tied for the lead in Team Canada scoring with seven points each at the IIHF World Hockey Championships currently taking place in Prague.

Duchene has scored twice and registered five assists in five games, while Eberle has scored three times and recorded four helpers. They are both a big part of why Team Canada is undefeated in the perliminary round of the tournament.
May 9 - 11:11 AM

Reto Berra was able to hang in there for Team Switzerland while making 22 saves to help secure an overtime victory over Team Austria on Saturday.

Berra saw just eight shots through the first two periods, but was unable to consistently maintain his trio of one-goal leads. This included a last-minute goal by Austria. Regardless, Berra and the Swiss will take on Team France on Sunday afternoon.
May 2 - 8:41 PM

Nathan MacKinnon had a strong first game for Canada at the World Hockey Championships in Prague.

Playing on a line with Sidney Crosby and Jason Spezza, MacKinnon scored a goal and registered two assists in Canada's 6-1 win over Latvia. In fact, all Team Canada Colorado players had strong games. Tyson Barrie, Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly each registered a point in the victory. We are expecting a big rebound season from MacKinnon after a disappointing 2014-15 campaign.
May 2 - 11:50 AM

Nathan MacKinnon is projected to begin the World Championship on the same line as Sidney Crosby.

The Nova Scotians will skate alongside Jason Spezza. Canada will kick off the tournament on Friday morning against Latvia. MacKinnon's 2014-15 campaign with Colorado came to an end in early March because of a fractured foot.
May 1 - 9:58 AM

Jan Hejda will play for the Czech Republic at the World Championship.

He will probably be testing the market as a unrestricted free agent in the summer, but before that he will serve as an alternate captain of the host country. In 81 games this past season for the Avalanche, he posted 13 points, 170 hits, 140 blocks and a minus-12 rating.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 28 - 10:59 AM

According to beat reporter Mike Chambers, the Colorado Avalanche are likely to select a defenseman in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Colorado has the 10th overall pick in the June Draft. The Avalanche have selected just one defenseman in the first round in the last seven drafts (Duncan Siemens in 2011). Chambers has Colorado selecting one of Ivan Provorov, Zachary Werenski or Jakub Zboril.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 26 - 9:58 AM

Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog is recovering nicely from off-season wrist surgery.

Landeskog was seen at Friday’s 25th Shaka Franklin Foundation luncheon wearing a soft cast, a good sign that the Avs' captain is recovering properly. Though his team didn't make the playoffs, Landeskog had his second best career season with 23 goals and 59 points in all 82 games.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 24 - 8:43 PM

Zach Redmond has been selected to play for Team USA at the upcoming IIHF World Hockey Championships in the Czech Republic.

The tournament starts on May 1st and it will be Redmond's first time on Team USA. Redmond had a solid season with the Avalanche registering 20 points in 59 games.
Source: Hockey Buzz
Apr 18 - 11:42 AM

The Colorado Avalanche have confirmed that they have inked a five-year agreement with the San Antonio Rampage.

The Avalanche's old AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, will instead work with the Columbus Blue Jackets. This move makes more sense for both franchises from a geographical perspective. "We are pleased to announce this new affiliation with San Antonio," said Avalanche Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic. "The Rampage organization has a great reputation and we look forward to our prospects developing in such an environment."
Apr 17 - 12:51 PM

Colorado is moving their AHL affiliate to San Antonio next season.

The Columbus Blue Jackets will take over the Lake Erie Monsters and the Florida Panthers have an agreement with the Portland Pirates.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 17 - 10:45 AM

Matt Duchene will play for Team Canada in May's World Hockey Championship in the Czech Republic.

Duchene has 29 career games wearing Canada's sweater, posting 13 goals and 20 points spread over four tournaments mostly as a junior. Duchene is coming off a somewhat disappointing season, though he reached the 20-goal plateau for the fourth time in six seasons, he finished with just 55 points. Well short of his career high of 70 in 2013-14.
Apr 14 - 9:02 PM

Nathan MacKinnon, who hasn't played since March 4 due to a foot injury, is on Team Canada's roster for the 2015 World Championship.

This will provide MacKinnon with a little extra experience and give him an opportunity to go into the summer on a positive note. He had a rough sophomore season, scoring just 14 goals and 38 points in 64 contests.
Apr 14 - 5:23 PM

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