Player News - Avalanche

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Blake Comeau should have no trouble feeling at home with the Avalanche.

Comeau has a number of long-standing relationships with current Avalanche players. He is friendly with Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay from his days with the Flames and is a member of the Kelowna Rockets Alumni, an organization which Tyson Barrie is very active in. That said, Comeau is likely to play on Colorado's third line and will have limited to no fantasy value in 2015-16.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 4 - 11:41 AM

Blake Comeau has signed a three-year/$7.2 million contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Comeau had 16 goals and 31 points with the Penguins but he was expected to have better stats than that considering he saw time on the Penguins top two lines. He will likely be a bottom-six forward in Colorado so his fantasy value will be limited at best.
Jul 1 - 12:44 PM

Francois Beauchemin has signed a three-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

Beauchemin will receive $13.5 million in the three years for a cap hit of $4.5 per. He will add a veteran presence to a young Avalanche blueline but do not expect a lot of stats as he is 35.
Jul 1 - 12:19 PM

In light of Anaheim's acquisition of defenseman Kevin Bieksa, defenseman Francois Beauchemin will hit free agency on July 1st.

Now entering his age-35 season, Beauchemin is coming off a contract which dinged the cap at $3.5M per. Which is important because contracts for players his age are very difficult to remove from the payroll should things go sideways. "Around 10 teams" have reportedly "shown interest" in the veteran defender.
Jun 30 - 6:48 PM

Blake Comeau can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

The Penguins may still be in the mix for his services. Comeau generated 16 goals and 15 assists in 61 games last season, while playing for $700,000.
Jun 30 - 4:58 PM

Joe Sakic admitted that he was surprised that forward Mikko Rantanen was still available when Colorado picked him 10th overall.

"Our guys had him rated higher. So we were surprised. He’s the No. 1-rated international player … And he’s a winger; we’re looking for wingers. He’s a left-hand shot who plays right wing … He’s going to come to training camp and we’ll see how it unfolds. But we’re definitely not going to rush him."
Source: Denver Post
Jun 28 - 11:26 AM

Joe Sakic admitted that Ryan O'Reilly's contract demands forced the team to trade him away, but he's happy with the way the Avalanche look going into 2015-16.

"It was clear to me we weren’t going to get to where the numbers were. We had a chance to acquire Carl Soderberg, who was high on our list, as a replacement. Big body, real smart with the puck. He’ll be a great fit for us – he’s a good two-way player. And that allowed us to not worry about the center position and try to get a good young D. We really like the potential of Zadorov. He’s capable of being a solid, solid D for us here for the next 10 years. And we add Grigorenko; he played for Patrick Roy. He’s another (big) guy who’s 6-foot-3. His hockey IQ is really good and we can really use that on the power play. And then J.T. Compher, our guys really liked. He’s captain this year at Michigan. He’s a leader, a tenacious player who plays a 200-foot game."
Source: Denver Post
Jun 28 - 11:24 AM

The Colorado Avalanche are happy with the way their 2015 NHL Draft went.

"Everything unfolded the way we planned," Director of Amateur Scouting Alan Hepple said of the Avs' seven picks. "We went with some needs, size, moved around the board a little bit and got some extra picks — some picks back for next year. I thought it went well. With what we wanted to do with size, skating, hockey sense and the skill, I think we achieved that goal and filled some positional holes as well." Colorado landed forward Mikko Rantanen in the first round, as well as winger A.J. Greer and defenseman Nicolas Meloche in the second round.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 28 - 11:19 AM

Don't be surprised if Colorado's first pick in Friday night's entry draft, Mikko Rantanen, makes the big club out of training camp.

Avs' GM Joe Sakic is quoted as saying one of the reasons (apart from contract issues) that he felt comfortable dealing Ryan O'Reilly is that he believes Rantanen could make the jump to center in the NHL as soon as this season. If so, and Rantanen is as good as Sakic thinks he is, then the trade with Buffalo will look a lot better than it does currently.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 27 - 1:41 PM

The Avalanche are thrilled to have acquired defenseman Nikita Zadorov in the Ryan O'Reilly deal with Buffalo.

Avs' GM Joe Sakic believes Zadorov can be a big piece on the team going forward. "We're looking for back-end help and Zadorov is a huge piece," Sakic said. "We're excited to be able to do a deal like that and have a big 6-foot-5 defenseman who can skate and shoot and play that style". We wouldn't be surprised if Zadorov blossoms in Colorado and gets considerable second power-play ice time behind Tyson Barrie and Erik Johnson.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 27 - 1:33 PM

Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic announced on Friday night that the team will qualify RFA forward Joey Hison.

Originally selected 17th overall by Colorado in 2010, Hishon has seen just 13 games in the NHL thus far. Still just 23-years-old, he posted just 60 combined points in 103 over the last two seasons for AHL Lake Erie. Hishon doesn't figure to make much in his next contract, having just completed a one-year deal worth $800K.
Jun 26 - 9:34 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have taken Mikko Rantanen with the 10th overall pick in the 2015 draft.

Rantanen is an enticing package of size, intelligence, and skill who is always a threat to score while on the ice. The 18-year-old Finnish prospect skated for TPS Turku of the Finnish Elite League last season where he registered nine goals and 19 assists in 56 games. He is an exceptional playmaker and speedy skater but he doesn’t play a physical game despite his 6’4" frame. He rose to the number one ranked International skater in the Central Scouting final ranking prior to this year’s Draft. His style of play should fit in the NHL as he can protect the puck well and is difficult to check due to his size. In Rantanen, Colorado is getting a prospect that compares favorably to Ryan Getzlaf and Mikko Koivu in terms of upside.
Jun 26 - 8:14 PM

Prospect JT Compher will join Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko and the 31st overall pick in a trade to Colorado for Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn.

Compher was selected 35th overall in 2013 by Buffalo, but has yet to make his professional debut. However Compher did score 23 goals and 55 points in 69 games for the University of Michigan over the last two seasons. He is still only 20-years-old.
Jun 26 - 7:51 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko has been sent to Colorado along with Nikita Zadorov, JT Compher and the 31st overall pick for Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn.

Over the last three seasons Grigorenko has played 68 games for the Sabres, and has tallied just 14 points. Not very good for the former 12th overall pick in 2012. Still a RFA, Grigorenko was also embattled in contract negotiations with Buffalo after being unwilling to sign a two-way deal. He's coming off an ELC that dinged the cap at $925K.
Jun 26 - 7:37 PM

Nikita Zadorov has been sent to Colorado along with Mikhail Grigorenko, JT Compher and the 31st overall pick for Ryan O'Reilly and Jamie McGinn.

Still just 20-years-old Zadorov has scored just 16 points during his first 67 games of his NHL career for Buffalo. He carries a $894K cap hit for two more seasons as well. Eventually, Zadorov is expected to blossom into a top-end defender.
Jun 26 - 7:31 PM


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