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Now that the draft is over, the Avalanche will focus their attention on trying to re-sign Nathan MacKinnon.

MacKinnon's entry-level contract has come to an end and it's time for the Avalanche to try to lock him up. It's unclear how long the new deal will be, but Avs GM Joe Sakic is open to giving him a long or short-term deal. "Now that the draft will be over, I’m sure we’ll sit down and try and do a long-term deal with Nathan — long- or short-term," explained Sakic. The 20-year-old had 21 goals and 52 points in 72 games in 2015-16. MacKinnon's hit the 20-goal mark twice in his first three seasons. He won't come cheap.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 26 - 9:04 AM

The Colorado Avalanche made a new long-term contract offer to Tyson Barrie over the weekend.

Barrie is set to become a restricted free agent on July 1st and there's been rumblings that he and the Avalanche don't see eye-to-eye on his overall value. "We presented a long-term proposal, and we’ll see where that goes," GM Joe Sakic said. "If not anywhere, he’s going to go to arbitration." The 24-year-old had 13 goals, 49 points and a minus-16 rating in 78 games this season.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 26 - 9:00 AM

The Colorado Avalanche have picked Tyson Jost with the 10th selection of the 2016 Draft.

Jost played in the same league (BCHL) as Kyle Turris did in his draft year and the scouts flocked back to the BCHL to see the talented center play. Jost had 42 goals and 104 points in 48 games for Penticton, whereas Turris had 66 goals and 121 points in 53 games for Burnaby. Turris went third overall and had to fill out before he became a player in the NHL. Jost jumped into the top-10 with his skill as well as his leadership qualities. He was second overall in scoring in the Under18 championships. He may go the college route for a year or two but also needs to fill out, much like Turris.
Jun 24 - 8:25 PM

Andreas Martinsen has inked a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Martinsen would have become a restricted free agent on July 1. He had four goals and 11 points in 55 games with the Avalanche in 2015-16.
Jun 24 - 12:18 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have acquired Rocco Grimaldi from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Reto Berra.

Grimaldi had three goals and five points in 20 games with Florida in 2015-16. He might earn a bottom-six roster spot with the 2016-17 Avalanche.
Jun 23 - 3:17 PM

Mikkel Boedker hasn't ruled out returning to Colorado, according to his agent.

Boedker was acquired from Arizona as a rental before the trade deadline. "We’re going to definitely weigh all the options and make the best decision for Mikkel," said agent Jarrett Bousquet. "He liked everyone from the coaches and the players to the fans in Colorado. It’s definitely a place that’s up there on his list." The 26-year-old had 17 goals and 51 points in 80 games last season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 19 - 10:53 AM

Word out of Denver is that the Avalanche will not be active in the free agent market.

They will sign their own restricted free agent players, namely Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie, but will not seek to ink a big crease-clearing defenseman, which is a strong team need. For those Avs' fans hoping for a big FA splash, sorry to disappoint. Doesn't look like it will happen.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 18 - 10:19 AM

Don't expect the Colorado Avalanche to make headlines on July 1.

"We’re not going to be looking that day," Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said. "As the summer goes on, we’ll see what good fits are. But on the July 1, don’t expect us to go after any big long-term deals. Within our own, we’re going to discuss what we have within, but outside on July 1 we’re not going to go after a big splash." In other words, Colorado isn't likely to chase after the top UFA players in this year's market, but once the dust settles and prices go down, Sakic will look for upgrades. The Avalanche are in a healthy cap position though, which would help them on the trade market if they choose to go that route.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 17 - 4:32 PM

It's not clear yet if the Avalanche are more likely to sign Nathan MacKinnon to a bridge contract or a long-term deal.

"Whatever the two parties decide," Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said. "We had initial talks. Not much lately but I’m sure it’s going to heat up in the summer and I’m sure we’ll have it done by training camp." MacKinnon is coming off of his entry-level contract. He won the Calder Trophy in 2013-14 with 24 goals and 63 points in 82 contests, but he hasn't lived up to expectations since, in part due to injury woes. For that reason it wouldn't be surprising to see him get a bridge contract.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 16 - 6:54 PM

Tyson Barrie isn't on the trade market, per Avalanche GM Joe Sakic.

Barrie is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer and should get a big raise from his previous $2.6 million cap hit. Sakic's hope is to sign Barrie to a long-term deal, but if it comes down to it, he's willing to let the arbitration process decide his 2016-17 salary.
Jun 16 - 2:22 PM

Matt Duchene's name has come up again in the rumor mill as a possible trade candidate.

"No, it's not just noise," TSN's Darren Dreger told Vancouver's TSN 1040 on Tuesday. "I know that Joe Sakic has told NHL general managers that he's willing to listen and willing to deal any of those big guys like Barrie, like Duchene. But it's got to be part of something big. Something significant." Dreger said the Avalanche are "big-game hunting" and just about anyone could be up for grabs, excluding Nathan MacKinnon.
Jun 15 - 1:37 PM

Colorado intends to choose the best player available when they pick 10th overall at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

"That's safe to say, at 10th. There's guys at both position," said Avalanche director of amateur scouting Alan Hepple. "When we were at Denver a couple weeks ago and had a meeting, we talked about the best player available ... but just probably not (a goalie). I don't think there's any goalie that would be in that top 10. Somebody could prove me wrong, but I don't think so." Colorado had the 10th selection in the 2015 draft class and they were happy that Mikko Rantanen fell to them in that spot. They are hoping that something like that happens again and Hepple is confident that the team will get a good player.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 13 - 5:31 PM

Tyson Barrie is reportedly in play as a trade candidate this summer.

He will be looking for a substantial raise after making an annual average salary of $2.6 million. The restricted free agent defender could command Erik Johnson type-money ($6 million per year), which the Avalanche may be unwilling to pay. Colorado also has to sign Nathan MacKinnon this off-season.
Jun 13 - 1:20 PM

Former Avalanche GM Greg Sherman has parted ways with the team.

Sherman lost the general manager's job to Joe Sakic, but remained with the team until now. Prior to departing, Sherman held the position of senior vice president of business and team operations.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 8 - 8:26 AM

Despite not being signed by the Avs, prospect Will Butcher would still like to go to prospects camp with the team.

Reports surfaced earlier this week saying that the Avalanche had no interest in inking Butcher to an entry-level contract. When asked if he was going to be attending camp, Butcher said he was "planning on it". He had a good season with the University of Denver in 2015-16. He scored nine goals and 32 points in 39 games last season. Butcher could become an unrestricted free agent after his senior season if he isn't signed by Colorado.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 5 - 10:20 AM


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