Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

Colorado didn't give Patrick Wiercioch a qualifying offer, so he will become an unrestricted free agent.

Wiercioch played in 57 games with the Avalanche last season and he earned 12 points.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 27 - 12:00 PM

Mikhail Grigorenko will be permitted to test the free agent waters.

The Avalanche did not give him a qualifying offer, so he can become an unrestricted free agent. Grigorenko has not worked out since he was acquired from Buffalo in the Ryan O'Reilly trade. He generated just 10 goals and 23 points in 75 games last season. Grigorenko has posted 64 points in 217 career NHL outings since he was drafted 12th overall in 2012 by the Sabres.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 27 - 11:53 AM

Eric Gelinas will become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Gelinas will not receive a qualifying offer from the Colorado Avalanche, so he can see what is available to him as a free agent. The 26-year-old defenseman split the 2016-17 campaign between the NHL and the AHL.
Jun 26 - 4:11 PM

The Colorado Avalanche selected Conor Timmins with the first pick in the second round of the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Avalanche clearly believe their defense needed some work, as they drafted Cale Makar fourth overall before taking Timmins on Saturday. Timmins, 18, missed being part of the 2016 draft by just three days. Timmins is a slick, puck-moving defenseman that has been with the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds for the last two seasons. In his first campaign in the junior ranks, he picked up just 13 points in 60 contests, but last season he made an impressive leap. Timmins’ 61 points in 67 games helped vault him into a top prospect in the 2017 draft. Scouts are impressed by his strong shot and solid skating ability. The knock on him is that he tends to get himself into some trouble with turnovers at inopportune times.
Jun 24 - 10:13 AM

Colorado has chosen Cale Makar with the fourth overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

Makar is an incredibly skilled blue liner with plenty of offensive and skating ability. The 18-year-old had a superb year with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Brooks Bandits, where he scored 24 goals and 75 points in 54 games. Obviously, the level of competition in the AJHL isn’t as high as it is in junior hockey, but those are tough stats to ignore. He'll play for the University of UMass-Amherst in 2017-18. He's probably a couple of years away from being a contributor for the Avalanche.
Jun 23 - 7:35 PM

Colorado may trade the No. 4 pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

"There's always a chance of trading back," said Avalanche director of amateur scouting Alan Hepple. "We would have to see what we're given, what's presented to us, and we'll take it from there. We're ready for that scenario." If they choose to keep the selection then they may pick the best player available or trade down and grab a defenseman.
Source: Denver Post
Jun 20 - 2:37 PM

The Avalanche have protected seven forwards, three defensemen and a goalie.

The Avs submitted this protected list: Sven Andrighetto, Blake Comeau, Matt Duchene, Rocco Grimaldi, Gabriel Landeskog, Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Nieto, Tyson Barrie, Erik Johnson, Nikita Zadorov and Semyon Varlamov. Notable players available to Vegas in the draft are: Calvin Pickard, Carl Soderberg and Mikhail Grigorenko.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 18 - 11:50 AM

Updating the story on the Avalanche's decision to buyout Francois Beauchemin, his agent says that his client was never asked to waive his no-movement clause.

One possible reason to buyout Beauchemin would have been had he refused to waive his NMC because that would have forced the Avalanche to include him in their list of protected players for the expansion draft unless they parted ways with him. If Colorado never asked him to waive it, then it's possible that they could have freed the slot without buying him out, though they're getting the freed slot now either way. Avalanche GM Joe Sakic told Beauchemin that the decision to buy him out came from a desire for the team to get younger. That said, the Avalanche are still on the hook for his full $4.5 million cap hit next season because he was inked to an over-35 years old contract.
Jun 15 - 10:49 AM

The Colorado Avalanche have decided to buy out the final season of Francois Beauchemin's three-year, $13.5 million contract.

Beauchemin was inked to an over-35 years old contract, which means that Colorado will still be charged his full $4.5 million cap hit next season. So if the Avalanche are stuck with his cap hit either way, why are they buying him out? Because Beauchemin had a no-movement clause and he probably was refusing to waive it ahead of the expansion draft. Without him waiving it, Colorado would have been forced to put him on its list of protected players, but buying him out frees up that spot for the Avalanche. Beauchemin had five goals and 18 points in 81 games last season.
Jun 15 - 10:33 AM

The Vancouver Canucks could be very interested in selecting Cale Makar fifth overall in the upcoming NHL Draft.

Makar is a highly sought after defenseman who is offensively skilled and that is one of the prime needs for the Canucks, as well as a skilled center. There should be no number one center available by the time the Canucks draft so they may want to take Makar who has the potential to be an elite offensive defenseman. He had 24 goals and 75 points in 54 games for Brooks of the AJHL and is the best skater in the draft. He likely will play US college hockey to start but his upside is terrific. Grab him in keeper leagues if you can as he will be quarterbacking the power play once he makes the NHL.
Jun 12 - 9:03 AM

The Colorado Avalanche could reportedly move Tyson Barrie this summer.

Darren Dreger mentioned the possibility on TSN's "Insider Trading" segment. Dreger also mentioned that for Barrie to move, the Avalanche would need to get a quality defenseman in a separate trade for Matt Duchene. Barrie had seven goals and 31 points in 74 games this season, but he put up 49 and 53 points in his previous two seasons. The 25-year-old has three years remaining on his contract at $5.5 million. Barrie suffered a lacerated leg in a wrestling match with a teammate during the World Hockey Championship this spring, but he's expected to be fully healthy for the start of the regular season.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 3 - 11:51 AM

According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Matt Duchene is the player most likely to be traded this summer.

The Avalanche tried dealing him before the trade deadline last March, but they obviously weren't satisfied with the offers they received. The 26-year-old had a tough year in 2016-17 (like the rest of the Avalanche players), as he scored just 18 goals and 41 points in 77 games. He has two years remaining on his contract at $6 million per season. As disappointing as his season was, don't be surprised if a change of scenery helps him regain some of his offensive touch. Duchene is just one year removed from his last 30-goal season. TSN's Darren Dreger says the Avalanche are looking for a defenseman in any deal involving Duchene. Also according to Dreger, the New York Islanders are a potential landing spot for the Avs forward.
Source: TSN.ca
Jun 3 - 11:44 AM

Colorado has cut loose assistant coaches Tim Army, Dave Farrish and Francois Allaire.

The Avalanche announced on Tuesday that Army, Farrish and Allaire would not be back next season. They were inherited by head coach Jared Bednar after Patrick Roy chose to leave, but now he can help hire his own assistants for his staff.
Source: Denver Post
May 24 - 11:00 AM

Nathan MacKinnon has been a dominant force at the IIHF World Hockey Championships.

He leads Team Canada in scoring with 14 points and is tied for second among all players in the tournament. Team Canada will play for the gold medal Sunday against Team Sweden and MacKinnon will certainly be a major player to watch in that contest.
Source: IIHF.com
May 21 - 11:06 AM

Matt Duchene got his first point in seven games at the World Hockey Championship on Tuesday.

He scored a breakaway goal against Finland in a 5-2 Canada victory. Duchene and the Canadians will play Germany on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Source: Denver Post
May 17 - 11:42 AM


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