Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

Maxime Talbot is feeling good after undergoing shoulder surgery over the summer.

Talbot was dealing with the injury during the playoffs. He's a valuable bottom-six forward for the Avalanche when he's healthy, but he doesn't do enough offensively to make him worthy of note in standard fantasy leagues.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 21 - 6:33 PM

Max Iafrate has been assigned to the AHL Lake Erie Monsters.

Iafrate is getting ready to begin his pro career after scoring eight goals and 30 points in 57 OHL games in 2013-14. We wouldn't count on him being called up this season.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 21 - 4:17 PM

Marcus Power has been reassigned to AHL Lake Erie.

Power was always a long shot to make the Avalanche's opening game roster. He'll have to prove himself in the minors first after scoring 31 goals and 109 points in 67 QMJHL games last season.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 21 - 4:16 PM

Oliver Cooper will begin the 2014-15 campaign at the junior level.

That's not surprising, but now we have confirmation as Cooper was cut from Colorado's training camp roster. Cooper had 57 points and 105 penalty minutes in 68 QMJHL games in 2013-14.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 21 - 4:14 PM

Duncan MacIntyre has been cut from Colorado's training camp roster.

MacIntyre will play for QMJHL Cape Breton in 2014-15. It's not surprising that he was released from Colorado's training camp roster this quickly.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 21 - 4:13 PM

Nick Magyar has been sent to OHL Kichener.

Magyar got a brief taste of life in the NHL during training camp. He had 20 goals and 46 points in 66 OHL games last season.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 21 - 4:11 PM

Wilhelm Westlund was returned to Vita Hasten HC.

Westlund had been participating in the Colorado Avalanche's training camp, but he was never expected to make the team. He was taken with the 183rd overall pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 21 - 4:10 PM

Tyson Barrie has fully recovered from the knee injury he suffered during last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

Barrie suffered the injury after taking a knee-on-knee hit from Minnesota’s Matt Cooke. "It was real hard, not being able to play in the playoffs after all we’d accomplished together to that point," said Barrie. "The sting doesn’t go away too quickly, but you deal with it and once I started feeling better and skating again, you can kind of put it more in the back of your mind." The 23-year-old had 13 goals and 38 points in just 64 games last season. Assuming he stays healthy, Barrie should continue to be a key offensive contributor on Colorado’s blue line.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 21 - 10:19 AM

Patrick Roy is impressed with how Duncan Siemens is looking so far in camp.

Siemens is probably on the outside looking in for the Avs on defense, but he’s aiming to be one of the first call-ups. "Happy with the way he's been playing so far. We played him with (Erik Johnson) and wanted to see what Duncan can do, and give him a fair chance and it seems like right now he's taking advantage of it," Roy said. Siemens had four points in 46 games in Lake Erie of the AHL last season.
Sep 20 - 7:32 PM

Patrick Roy revealed how he wants the Avalanche roster to look at the start of the season.

"The plan is to carry eight defensemen, 13 forwards and two goalies," Roy said. It appears that the top eight defensemen include Nick Holden, Erik Johnson, Tyson Barrie, Nate Guenin, Jan Hejda, Brad Stuart, Zach Redmond and Ryan Wilson. Forwards on the bubble likely are Joey Hishon, Paul Carey, Colin Smith, Dennis Everberg, Tomas Vincour and Ben Street. Of course, camp injuries could leave the door open for this to change.
Sep 20 - 7:30 PM

John Mitchell (migraines) skated "hard" Saturday, but he has still not been cleared for contact.

Mitchell has yet to participate in camp. While a valuable and versatile forward for the Avs, with 11 goals and 21 assists last season, the 29-year-old doesn’t offer much in the way of fantasy upside.
Sep 20 - 7:29 PM

Alex Tanguay looks healthy and poised to get his career back on track in 2014-15.

He certainly made a good first impression in scrimmages on Friday moving without any difficulties and showing no ill effects from hip and knee injuries that sidelined him last season for all but 16 games. "Last year I was a passenger, watching from the sideline. I was almost a fan. But this year I want to be a part of it, and I'm hoping to contribute quite a bit." Tanguay has a career points-per-game rate of approximately .8. That would translate to a 60-point season. If he stays healthy, we don't see any reason why he can't reach that plateau alongside Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 20 - 1:05 PM

Not that there's been much question who had final say in the Avs' front office, but now "Super" Joe Sakic has the official title for all to see.

Adrian Dater passed along the note after scanning the Avs' site. Sakic is also still the Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, while Greg Sherman is now offically the Assistant GM and Alternant Govenor. Now you know who to call if you want to make a deal.
Sep 19 - 9:41 PM

Jamie McGinn missed the opening day of Avalanche training camp with a back injury.

McGinn is still recovering from off-season back surgery. Avs head coach Patrick Roy said that McGinn is day-to-day. The 26-year-old had 19 goals and 38 points for Colorado last season.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 19 - 7:46 PM

John Mitchell did not participate in on-ice activities with the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

Mitchell has been suffering from migraines that Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy says are unrelated to the concussion he suffered last season. The 29-year-old forward is considered day-to-day at this point.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 19 - 7:32 PM


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