Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

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

The Colorado Avalanche have signed Karl Stollery to a one-year, two-way deal.

Stollery will come with a $605,000 annual cap hit at the NHL level. He had seven goals and 30 points in 68 AHL games in 2013-14.
Jul 17 - 9:25 AM

Semyon Varlamov has sustained what the Avalanche are calling a "very minor" ankle injury.

This is just an FYI as Varlamov obviously has months to recover even if it turns out to be more serious. As it is, the Avalanche think Varlamov will be able to resume skating in the near future, so we aren't concerned.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 15 - 5:00 PM

The Colorado Avalanche aren't likely to re-sign Ryan O'Reilly before his arbitration date of July 23.

The two sides have been negotiating, but they seem to be at an impasse. If the Avalanche can't get O'Reilly to agree to a long-term contract, then it wouldn't be surprising to see them trade him rather than risk losing him for nothing when he finally becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 10 - 3:01 PM

The Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O'Reilly's arbitration hearing has been penciled in for July 23.

That's one of the earliest possible arbitration dates, so obviously the Avalanche and O'Reilly need to move quickly if they want to avoid the hearing. The team elected for arbitration in an attempt to pay him less than the $6.5 million he earned in 2013-14. They might succeed in that goal, although given their history of contract negotiations with O'Reilly, it would be surprising if he gave them any kind of hometown discount once he's finally eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 9 - 4:07 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have signed Maxim Noreau to a two-year, $1.25 million contract.

Noreau had eight goals and 24 points in 35 Swiss league games last season. The 27-year-old's previous attempt to make it in the NHL ended three years ago. He only ended up participating in six NHL games, but he was an effective offensive defenseman at the AHL level.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 8 - 9:19 AM

Watching Paul Stastny walk away might influence how Avalanche executive vice president Joe Sakic and head coach Patrick Roy handle the Ryan O'Reilly situation.

The team elected for salary arbitration with O'Reilly, so the team is in control when it comes to whether or not they want him back for 2014-15. That being said, it won't be long before O'Reilly's an unrestricted free agent and given their negotiating history with him, it's unlikely that O'Reilly will give them a hometown discount when the time comes. The Avalanche might opt to trade him before it reaches that point rather than risk getting now in return, as was the case when Stastny walked.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 7 - 9:31 AM

Jarome Iginla is hoping that there proves to be some parallels between his and Ray Bourque's career.

Bourque had a tremendous career with Boston, but it wasn't until he joined the Avalanche at the tail end of his career that he finally managed to win the Stanley Cup. Iginla was similarly on course to make it into the Hall of Fame during his days with the Calgary Flames, but he still hasn't won the Stanley Cup. He's optimistic about his chances of winning it all with the Avalanche.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 6 - 9:12 AM


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