Player News - Avalanche

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Joe Sakic believes that hosting an outdoor game will be an amazing experience for his organization.

The NHL announced that Colorado will be hosting one of two Stadium Series games in 2016. Colorado will take on Detroit at Coors Field in Denver on February 27th of next year. "This is a great day for our organization and our fans. Playing in an outdoor game will be an amazing experience for everyone," said Sakic. "To have this game in the state of Colorado, in a terrific venue like Coors Field, is something we are truly looking forward to."
Source: Denver Post
Jan 25 - 9:34 AM

The Colorado Avalanche will host the Detroit Red Wings in the third outdoor game and the second under the 2016 Coors Light Stadium Series banner.

The contest will take place on Feb. 26, 2016. In Coors Field, the Avalanche have a logical venue for an outdoor game.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 24 - 1:29 PM

After a slow start to the season, the Colorado Avalanche are still very much in the playoff hunt.

Heading into last year's Olympic break, the Avalanche had a record of 37-16-5 but heading into this year's All-Star break, they are 20-18-10. "There's a lot of work to be done, but I like the direction we're going," said head coach Patrick Roy. "If we continue to keep the scores low, I truly believe that offensively, we'll click eventually." Colorado is three points back of Calgary for the final playoff spot in the West.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 24 - 9:26 AM

Colorado executive vice president and GM Joe Sakic shrugged off trade rumors involving Ryan O'Reilly.

"I know there are rumors out there. I saw them the last couple of days, but I can tell you that all the rumors come from Toronto, they don't come from us," Sakic said. "What we are going to do is see where our team is down the stretch. He's a core guy. We have him under contract for another year. Those decisions don't have to be made right now. And Ryan, he had a tough start along with our other guys, but he's been much better in the last few weeks as well, and we're happy with the direction him and those other guys are going right now." The Avalanche still feel they can push for the playoffs and their position in the standings could influence the decision of what to do with O'Reilly.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 23 - 7:58 AM

Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson has been ruled out for Sunday's NHL All-Star game with a lower-body injury.

The 26-year-old has 12 goals and 23 points in 47 games so far this season. This is probably good news for fantasy owners, as Johnson can use the weekend to rest and recharge to bolster his attempt to match the terrific first half he's had to the season. No replacement has been named yet, but you can bet P.K. Subban will be a trending topic.
Jan 22 - 10:31 PM

Ryan O'Reilly scored for the ninth time this season in Wednesday's 3-2 shootout win over Boston.

He tied the game at the 18:15 mark of the third period to give him two goals and one assist in his past four games. It's been a frustrating year for O'Reilly, who led the Avalanche with 28 goals last season. He has 26 points in 48 contests.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 22 - 2:10 PM

Semyon Varlamov made 22 saves in Colorado's 3-2 SO win over Boston on Wednesday night.

Varlamov wasn't overly busy in this game but made some key saves to keep his team in the game as they were playing from behind for most of the night. The win was his 12th of the season and he heads the All-Star break on a positive note. He carries a respectable 2.66 GAA and .921 save percentage into what fantasy owners hope will be a good second half into the playoffs.
Jan 22 - 1:02 AM

Jarome Iginla passed Mike Bossy for 20th place in NHL all-time scoring with his goal in the Avs' 3-2 SO win over Boston on Wednesday night.

The goal was the 577th of his career and 14th of the season as he now holds sole possession of 20th place all-time, just three goals behind Mark Recchi at 577. Ryan O'Relly scored with less than two minutes left to send the game into OT before the Avalanche eventually got the extra point in the shootout.
Jan 22 - 12:47 AM

Daniel Briere is not in the lineup for the Avs in Wednesday's tilt with Boston.

Briere hasn't recorded a point in six straight games and has just 11 in 40 games for Colorado this season. The 37 year-old is definitely showing his age will likely see his ice-time cut if he continues to be unproductive.
Jan 21 - 10:04 PM

Calvin Pickard is staying upbeat despite spending the last three games on the bench.

Pickard is serving as Semyon Varlamov's understudy while Reto Berra spends some time in the minors on a conditioning stint. "I haven't played in a week, which in the big scheme of things isn't a whole lot of time," Pickard said. "But I get very quality practice time with the guys here and Francois (Allaire, the team's goaltending coach) is in town and I'm out there working with him." There's a fair chance he'll be in the NHL competing for playing time with Varlamov on a regular basis next season. If that happens, going a week without playing won't be unusual for him.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 21 - 3:38 PM

Alex Tanguay leads the Avalanche in scoring with 31 points in 45 games.

He is tied with fellow veteran forward Jarome Iginla for the club lead in goals as well. Matt Duchene has 13 markers as well, but Colorado hasn't received the kind of production from him and their other young guns that they were expecting this season.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 21 - 10:24 AM

Semyon Varlamov will tend to Colorado's crease in Wednesday's game versus Boston.

It will mark his third straight start. Varlamov has lost his previous two outings, but he played fairly well in both of them.
Source: Denver Post
Jan 20 - 1:10 PM

Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov played well Monday night but took the loss in a 3-1 outcome in St. Louis.

Varlamov made 27 saves against the Blues but his teammates could muster only 18 shots at St. Louis opponent Brian Elliott and pick up only an unassisted goal from Matt Duchene. Varlamov now has a goals-against average of 2.69 and a save percentage of .921. Varlamov is playing for a so-so Colorado squad this year but he's been coming on and he should have a strong second half. If he's available in your fantasy league, and you need some improvement at the goalie position, consider him more than just a trifle.
Jan 19 - 11:51 PM

Center Matt Duchene scored Colorado's sole goal in a 3-1 loss to the Blues in St. Louis Monday night.

Duchene's goal, unassisted, was his 13th of the season. The Avalanche 19-18-10 on the season, completed its five-game road trip at 1-2-2.
Jan 19 - 11:39 PM

Zach Redmond will remain a healthy scratch Monday against the St. Louis Blues.

Even with all the injuries to the Avalanche players, Redmond can't seem to find his way into the lineup. Monday will mark the tenth straight game he will be a healthy scratch and even though he has four goals and six assists in 25 games this season, he still has no fantasy value if he can't get on the ice for games.
Jan 19 - 7:01 PM


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