Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

The Colorado Avalanche signed Dominic Toninato to a two-year, entry-level contract.

Toninato was originally selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. The 23-year-old just completed his college career at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, where he had 16 goals and 29 points in 42 games last season. He's likely a year or two away from contributing at the NHL level.
Aug 16 - 5:54 PM

Adam Foote is reportedly leaving his development role with the Colorado Avalanche, according to BSN Denver's Adrian Dater.

Foote has worked with the Avalanche as a defensive coach since retiring in 2011, but now he apparently wants to spend more time with his family. The former NHL defender's son, Callan, was chosen 14th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2017 draft. Callan's younger brother, Nolan, who plays left wing, will be eligible to be selected in 2019.
Aug 12 - 6:01 PM

Cale Makar hasn't looked out of place at the World Junior Summer Showcase.

Makar is just one of two players on Canada who isn't a member of the Canadian Hockey League. The other is fellow defenseman and Detroit draft pick Dennis Cholowski. "He's got great feet, quick feet, really quick hands," coach Dominique Ducharme said. "He's a battler. He's competing. You can see it. He's adjusting to the game. ... You see him getting better and better. We really like that." Makar, who was selected with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft by Colorado, has done a great job of proving he can flourish with other top players in his age group. He is placing himself in a good position to earn a spot on Canada's World Junior Championship squad.
Aug 5 - 2:03 PM

According to sources, Colorado is making progress towards signing restricted free agent defenseman Nikita Zadorov.

"Trust me, they will have a deal. You can count on it," said one source familiar with the negotiations. It isn't believed that Zadorov will jump ship to the KHL. It's being reported that he is seeking a contract between $2.75 million and $3 million per year, while the Avalanche were looking at a deal in the $2 million per year range.
Source: BSN Denver
Aug 4 - 5:45 PM

Matt Duchene is focused on training for the upcoming season and he's trying to put the trade rumors behind him.

Colorado hasn't made trading for Duchene easy, as the asking price is believed to be high. "I think right now I'm pretty relaxed," said Duchene. "I know whatever's going to happen is gonna happen. I don't really have control of it and I'm just worried about being at the top of my game and kind of getting to where I was kind of the first half of last season, before everything kind of fell apart everybody in Colorado. I feel good right now, probably as good as I felt at any point during the year. It is what it is and let it happen." Duchene struggled in 2016-17 with 18 goals and 41 points in 77 games. He has two years left on his contract at a $6 million cap hit per season.
Source: TSN.ca
Aug 2 - 2:00 PM

Brendan Ranford has agreed to an AHL contract with San Antonio.

Ranford was acquired by Colorado from Arizona back in early March and he generated 17 points in 21 games with the Rampage. He has 59 goals and 118 assists in 281 career AHL games. San Antonio also signed forward Brady Shaw.
Source: TheAHL.com
Aug 1 - 4:23 PM

Tyson Jost understands he will have to earn his roster spot with the Avalanche and he isn't taking anything for granted going into his first NHL training camp.

"My goal this year is to be in the NHL and to be an impact player with the [Avalanche]," said Jost last month at Colorado's development camp. "To be able to do that, I have to have a big summer and I think I'm heading in the right direction. Working out at elevation, it's a lot tougher. I wanted to be [at development camp last month]. I'm always looking for ways to get better." He netted one goal in six outings with Colorado at the end of the 2016-17 campaign and felt the experience will benefit him going into camp. Jost is expected to be on the big club in 2017-18 and will probably be counted on to play a key role as a top-six forward.
Jul 30 - 3:43 PM

J.T. Compher is projected to play a larger role with the Avalanche this season.

"He's a smart player, a really smart player," coach Jared Bednar said late last year. "He is starting to create some chances and find some room there. I think he can do more of that." Compher recorded one goal and two assists in the last six games of the season. He will look to build on that style of play in 2017-18.
Jul 27 - 5:11 PM

Rocco Grimaldi has re-signed with Colorado on a one-year contract.

He spent most of the 2016-17 season in the minors with the San Antonio Rampage. Grimaldi led the team in scoring with 31 goals and 55 points in 72 games. He also made four appearances with the Avalanche last year and he recorded one assist.
Jul 26 - 1:16 PM

Jesse Graham has signed a one-year, $650,000 contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Graham's new deal is a two-way pact. He spent time in the AHL and ECHL over the last three years. Graham had 25 points in 24 contests with the Missouri Mavericks of the ECHL last season. He also had nine points in 19 AHL outings with Bridgeport.
Jul 25 - 6:35 PM

Colorado has avoided going to arbitration with Matt Nieto because the two sides have agreed on a one-year contract.

Nieto's new deal is reportedly worth $1 million. He produced seven goals and 11 points in 43 games with the Avalanche after he was claimed off waivers from San Jose. Nieto has accumulated 35 goals and 81 points over 264 career NHL outings.
Jul 25 - 11:39 AM

Duncan Siemens has agreed to a one-year extension with the Colorado Avalanche.

Siemens had seven points and 100 penalty minutes in 73 AHL contests last season. He also had no points and two penalty minutes in three games with Colorado.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 19 - 1:01 PM

Felix Girard has inked one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

Colorado acquired Girard from Nashville in January in exchange for Cody McLeod. Girard had 10 goals and 28 points in 73 AHL contests last season.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 19 - 12:59 PM

Gabriel Bourque has agreed to a one-year extension with the Colorado Avalanche.

Bourque had 10 goals and 33 points in 61 AHL games last season. He also appeared in six NHL contests, but didn't record a point over that span.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 19 - 12:58 PM

The Washington Capitals have signed Liam O'Brien to a one-year contract.

The deal is two-ways so O'Brien can earn $650,000 at the NHL level or $85,000 if he plays in the AHL. He had 10 goals, 30 points, and 117 penalty minutes in 64 AHL contests last season.
Jul 15 - 12:15 PM


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