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Mile High Hockey 5 hours ago
Does Devon Toews give the Avalanche the best blueline in the West?

Does Devon Toews give the Avalanche the best blueline in the West?

Photo by Bruce Bennett/ GM Joe Sakic gave up two 2nd round picks for the former-Islanders defender. Is he worth the investment? If you take out the absurd amount of injuries suffered by the Colorado Avalanche during the playoff-bubble, the one aspect of play that stood out to most fans was the inability to shut down Dallas’ offense in key moments. Coming into the series, Dallas was known for their ability to keep pucks out of the net. The Stars finished the season with the fourth ranked defense and an offense in the bottom quarter of the NHL. After the series, players like Joel...
The Denver Post 19 hours ago
Pittsburgh’s Brandon Saad, Avalanche’s new forward, was born into a Stanley Cup environment

Pittsburgh’s Brandon Saad, Avalanche’s new forward, was born into a Stanley Cup environment

New Avalanche winger Brandon Saad is of Syrian descent and might not have become a hockey player if the Pittsburgh Penguins weren't winning championships in the early 1990s.
Mile High Hockey Oct 20, 2020
World Junior schedule gives a more clear timeline for Avalanche prospects to get back on the ice

World Junior schedule gives a more clear timeline for Avalanche prospects to get back on the ice

Photo by Dustin Bradford/Icon Sportswire via Bowen Byram will be a key member of Team Canada at the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship While uncertainty still clouds the North American hockey landscape, Monday evening’s announcement of the schedule for the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship gives us some clarity as to when we will see some top prospects back on the ice. Like the NHL playoffs, this year’s World Juniors are going to be played in a bubble in Edmonton and will begin on Christmas Day. With major junior and NCAA hockey schedules in flux, the World Juniors will be...
The Denver Post Oct 19, 2020
Avalanche re-signs Tyson Jost to one-year deal, closing in on salary cap

Avalanche re-signs Tyson Jost to one-year deal, closing in on salary cap

The Avalanche and forward Tyson Jost have agreed to a one-year contract that sets the 2016 first-round draft pick up to be a restricted free agent again after next season. The deal is worth $874,125, according to CapFriendly.com.
Mile High Hockey Oct 19, 2020
Tyson Jost re-signed for one year by Colorado Avalanche

Tyson Jost re-signed for one year by Colorado Avalanche

Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Without many options Jost just accepted his qualifying offer In a bit of late Sunday night housekeeping it was revealed by Cap Friendly that Tyson Jost had accepted his qualifying offer on the date of expiration, although teams almost always keep the offer open. The Colorado Avalanche forward was in a tough position without any arbitration rights and not a whole lot of leverage in a tough market. Jost does get the upgrade to a one-way contract and a little security for the coming season. F Tyson JostColorado #Avalanche 1 year / 1 wayNHL: $874,125*...
Mile High Hockey Oct 19, 2020
Morning Flurries: Tyson Jost gets new deal

Morning Flurries: Tyson Jost gets new deal

Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via It’s been over two weeks since the NHL’s bizarre 2020 free agency period started, and things have finally started to slow down. A few minor league signings have peppered newsfeeds over the last few days, with the Joe Thornton deal causing a bit of a splash to spruce things up. But for the most part, it’s down to a few hanger-ons without 2020-21 deals and contract extensions — most of which aren’t the big names, either. For Colorado, at least one more thing has been checked off the list, though. Tyson Jost, who put up eight goals and 23 points...
The Denver Post Oct 18, 2020
Avalanche GM Joe Sakic once again turns into “Trader Joe” during NHL free agency to bolster roster

Avalanche GM Joe Sakic once again turns into “Trader Joe” during NHL free agency to bolster roster

For the second year in a row, NHL free agency wasn't a free-for-all for the Avalanche.
The Denver Post Oct 17, 2020
Chambers: Chris MacFarland is Avalanche’s hidden executive gem

Chambers: Chris MacFarland is Avalanche’s hidden executive gem

As the Avalanche's general manager, Joe Sakic publicly gets all the credit with his shrewd moves. But make no mistake, there's a person sitting and standing by his side who deserves much of the praise.
Mile High Hockey Oct 14, 2020
Remaining free agents that would be useful additions to the Avalanche lineup

Remaining free agents that would be useful additions to the Avalanche lineup

Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via The Avalanche should be looking With the first official week of the NHL offseason behind us, most teams have done the heavy lifting towards building their teams for the 2021 season. With rosters filling up and salary caps getting tight, most teams simply don’t have the ability to make many more additions. That said, there are a number of unrestricted free agents still on the market that would not only be able to make an impact next season but could come at a discount. As cap flexibility disappears, a number of these players are going to have to take a...
Mile High Hockey Oct 13, 2020
Who’s in and who’s out for the Colorado Avalanche

Who’s in and who’s out for the Colorado Avalanche

Photo by Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Joe Sakic has made some pretty significant changed to the Colorado Avalanche During his media availability leading up to the 2020 NHL Entry Draft, Joe Sakic was playing coy whenever he was asked about his plans for the offseason. The General Manager of the Colorado Avalanche repeated his usual non-committal tone while telling anyone who would listen that he was not planning on making any significant changes to his roster. He lied. With still more than two months before we’ll see the Avalanche back on the ice, the team that Sakic...
Mile High Hockey Oct 12, 2020
Colorado Avalanche re-sign Ryan Graves, acquire Devon Toews from Islanders

Colorado Avalanche re-sign Ryan Graves, acquire Devon Toews from Islanders

EDMONTON, ALBERTA - SEPTEMBER 17: Devon Toews #25 of the New York Islanders celebrates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on September 17, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. | Photo by Bruce Bennett/ Avs sign an RFA and acquire another. First up, the Colorado Avalanche have re-signed left-shooting defenseman Ryan Graves to a three-year contract worth $3,166,667 per season. The now 25-year-old scored 26 points in 69 games partnering Cale Makar on...
The Denver Post Oct 12, 2020
With Nikita Zadorov traded and Ryan Graves signed, Avalanche blueline taking shape

With Nikita Zadorov traded and Ryan Graves signed, Avalanche blueline taking shape

The Avalanche agreed to terms with defenseman Ryan Graves on Sunday night and finalized the three-year contract Monday, general manager Joe Sakic said. According to a league source, the deal is worth $9.5 million with an annual cap hit of $3.17 million.
The Denver Post Oct 11, 2020
Chambers: Avalanche victorious in Nikita Zadorov-for-Brandon Saad trade

Chambers: Avalanche victorious in Nikita Zadorov-for-Brandon Saad trade

Nikita Zadorov was an effective big-hitting shutdown defenseman for the Avalanche. At times.
The Denver Post Oct 11, 2020
Avalanche trades 2015 second-round pick A.J. Greer to Islanders for Kyle Burroughs

Avalanche trades 2015 second-round pick A.J. Greer to Islanders for Kyle Burroughs

A.J. Greer's tenuous tenure with the Avalanche ended Sunday when the forward was traded to the New York Islanders for minor-league defenseman Kyle Burroughs. Greer, 23, played 37 career games with the Avs, but none last season when he full-time member of the AHL's Colorado Eagles.
Mile High Hockey Oct 11, 2020
Colorado Avalanche re-sign Valeri Nichushkin

Colorado Avalanche re-sign Valeri Nichushkin

Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports Nichushkin re-signs with the Avalanche for two years The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed forward Valeri Nichushkin to a new two-year worth a total of $5M. The deal comes with a $2.5m hit against the salary cap. Nichushkin scored 13 goals and added 14 assists in 65 games for the Avs last season. After failing to live up to expectations in Dallas, the 25-year old winger resurrected his career after signing on in Colorado for the league minimum just before training camp. “Valeri played important minutes for us this season and had one of the best years...

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