Player News - Avalanche

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Cory Sarich has been slowly recovering from injuries he sustained when he was hit by a Ford F-350 truck while cycling.

He suffered five cracked vertebrae, burns on his shoulder and wrist from the truck's muffler, a swollen left arm and leg, a large laceration to his head, and road rash. "My diagnosis was, pretty much, as good as it gets (for a situation like that) . . . a bit of a mess, but I'm doing well now," he said. "It's been four-and-a-half weeks and it's been a slow recovery." As you can imagine, Sarich is still feeling the effects of the accident and he's given up on cycling for good.
Aug 27 - 12:43 PM

The Avalanche feel they got tougher and deeper during the off-season.

Jarome Iginla and Brad Stuart add veteran presences to the wing and defense, respectively. Daniel Briere was also acquired for P.A. Parenteau, while Zach Redmond and Jesse Winchester will play depth roles. "We felt, depth-wise, we didn't have enough," said executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic. "We had our injuries — they're not excuses — but that was a reality for us and we didn't have the depth to overcome it. We feel like we improved our third- and fourth-line depth. And we feel we got tougher — we feel we needed to get tougher."
Source: Denver Post
Aug 26 - 4:36 PM

Jarome Iginla would be "thrilled" to play on the same line as Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon.

"Obviously it's early and I'm not sure what the line combinations will be, and they have a lot of skilled guys who could mix and match, but if that's the case, yeah, I'll be thrilled," Iginla said. "MacKinnon, watching his speed and how he can do everything at top speed, and how driven Landeskog is — his creativity to go with his strength and the power forward that he is — it will be exciting. I think that's a great combination." His experience and toughness would be a good match with the skill of Colorado's two youngest forwards.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 22 - 1:11 PM

Colorado Executive Vice President of hockey operations Joe Sakic is "confident" Tyson Barrie will be with the team for the start of training camp.

Training camps are about four weeks away and Barrie remains a restricted free agent. The offensive defenseman is an important part of the Avalanche and he was sorely missed in the playoffs when he suffered a knee injury in the opening round.
Source: Denver Post
Aug 21 - 5:54 PM

Jean-Sebastien Giguere officially retired on Thursday after 16 NHL seasons.

He posted 262 wins, a 2.53 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in 597 career regular season appearances. Giguere was excellent in the playoffs, where he earned a mark of 33-17 to go with a .925 save percentage and a 2.08 GAA. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy with the Ducks in 2003 despite losing in the Stanley Cup Final to New Jersey and then he captured the Stanley Cup in 2007. Giguere was originally drafted 13th overall by the Hartford Whalers in the 1995 draft.
Aug 21 - 4:44 PM

Tyson Barrie (knee) is expected to be ready for training camp.

It was difficult for him to watch the playoffs after he was injured in Game 3 of Colorado's first-round series against Minnesota. "It's frustrating, but we've got such a good young team here," Barrie said. "Hopefully I'll be a part of it for a long time and we can make some noise in the playoffs in the future." Barrie is a key restricted free agent who the Avalanche still have to sign.
Source: NHL.com
Aug 18 - 11:47 AM

Jean-Sebastien Giguere will reportedly announce his retirement next week.

Giguere had an 11-6-1 record with a .913 save percentage and a 2.62 goals-against average in 22 outings with Colorado last season. He won the Conn Smythe Trophy with the Ducks in 2003 in a losing effort and then he captured the Stanley Cup in 2007. Giguere will call it a career with 262 career victories in 597 appearances.
Aug 15 - 2:43 PM

Cory Sarich, who has five broken vertebrae and road rash, might be able to leave the hospital on Friday.

Sarich was struck by a motor vehicle while cycling. He felt well enough to talk about his condition on Twitter and said that he didn't require surgery or a brace. "Thanks to everyone for their love and support," Sarich added. "It's amazing how many wonderful people I've met through this sport that I get to call my job!"
Jul 25 - 12:21 PM

Cory Sarich was hospitalized with multiple broken vertebrae after he was hit by a motor vehicle while cycling.

The good news is that Sarich's injuries are reportedly not life-threatening and his condition is stable. He has reached out on Twitter to thank people for their well wishes. It's not clear how long he will need to recover from his injuries or if he will be able to return to the NHL.
Jul 23 - 11:28 PM

Cory Sarich has been hospitalized after being involved in a cycling accident.

It's not yet known how significantly Sarich has been hurt or even where he was hurt. He's an unrestricted free agent after scoring a goal and 10 points in 54 games in 2013-14.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 23 - 3:31 PM

Colorado's Joe Sakic fought against the idea that Ryan O'Reilly's new two-year, $12 million contract is the first step towards a sign-and-trade.

"We want him long term, and we'll keep working on that," Sakic said. While we don't expect O'Reilly to be dealt this summer, it wouldn't surprise us if this is his last deal with Colorado. The Avalanche have made it clear that they will be disciplined with their budget and we think it's likely that O'Reilly will insist on more than the Avalanche are willing to spend once he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Jul 23 - 2:05 PM

Ryan O'Reilly has inked a two-year, $12 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

O'Reilly and the Avalanche narrowly avoided arbitration. His $6 million annual cap hit puts O'Reilly in a tie with Matt Duchene for the highest cap hit on the team. He'll be an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of this contract and it will be interesting to see if the Avalanche eventually decide to trade him rather than risk watching him allow his contract to expire to that he can play for the highest bidder.
Jul 23 - 10:07 AM

Ryan O'Reilly is asking an arbitrator to award him a one-year, $6.75 million contract.

Colorado's counter proposal is worth $5.525 million. O'Reilly is coming off of a two-year, $10 million contract, but he was paid $6.5 million in the final season of the deal. The Avalanche want the average annual salary over the life of the deal to be the starting point while O'Reilly wants it to be based off of his 2013-14 salary. In other words, from the Avalanche's perspective, they're offering him a raise while O'Reilly sees it as a pay cut. Regardless of who wins, at this point it seems unlikely O'Reilly will stay in Colorado any longer than he's obligated to. If the Avalanche don't trade him first, he will probably sign elsewhere once he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. His arbitration hearing is scheduled for Wednesday.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 21 - 10:37 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have signed Stefan Elliott to a one-year, two-way contract.

Elliott had 14 goals and 28 points in 61 games last season. He'll earn $850,000 if he spends the entire campaign with the Avalanche.
Jul 17 - 9:28 AM

Paul Carey has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

Carey was kept off the scoresheet in 12 games with the Avalanche in 2013-14. He can earn up to $715,000 at the NHL level next season.
Jul 17 - 9:27 AM


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