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AVALANCHE RUMORS & GOSSIP

Top 25 Avalanche Under 25: #6 Chris Bigras

  Coming in at #6 on our Top 25 Avalanche Under 25 countdown is defenseman and top prospect Chris Bigras.  Bigras edges out #7 Calvin Pickard, #8 Joey Hishon, and #9 Stefan Elliott to take the title of best Avalanche prospect not regularly playing in the NHL. Our BSN Avalanche writers unanimously ranked Chris Bigras 6th overall for Avalanche players under 25 years old. Who is Chris...
Via BSN Denver
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Head Coach Dean Chynoweth speaks out about new AHL affiliation

  The Avalanche parted ways with the Lake Erie Monsters this summer, taking on a new AHL affiliate in the San Antonio Rampage. When affiliations change like this, it’s natural to wonder what happens to the team personnel. In short, those who are part of the Avalanche organization (i.e., coaches, draft picks, free agents contracted with the Avs) are headed to Texas to become the...
Via BSN Denver
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Top 25 Avalanche Under 25: #7 Calvin Pickard

  Calvin Pickard occupies a unique space among the bottom third of our Top 25 Players Under 25. Other than perhaps Dennis Everberg, nobody else in the Top 10 managed to fly quite so far beneath the public’s radar. Pickard was drafted 49th overall in the 2010 NHL draft, but even after he was signed to a three-year deal with the Avalanche, he returned to the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds...
Via BSN Denver
2 days ago  |  Discuss

PHOTO: MacKinnons enjoy World Championships

The IIHF World Championships in Prague were a family affair for Nathan MacKinnon. Check out the picture he posted on Instagram following Team Canada’s gold medal-clinching win over Team Russia. Family and trophies are always good things. Prague is nice too, and this should help the young phenom get his mind off a disappointing season.
Via Fox Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Avs hire assistant GM, part ways with two coaches

The Colorado Avalanche had an unexpectedly eventful mid-May Monday for a non-playoff team. The club hired a new assistant general manager in Chris MacFarland. They also decided to part ways with two of their assistant coaches – Andre Tourigny and Mario Duhamel, as reported by Mike Chambers of the Denver Post. Current assistant GMs Craig Billington and Greg Sherman will remain...
Via Mile High Sports
8 days ago  |  Discuss

New Senators Assistant Coach? André Tourigny Quits the Avalanche

DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 20: (L-R) Assistant coach Andre Tourigny and head coach Patrick Roy of the Colorado Avalanche talk as they face the Los Angeles Kings during their preseason game at the Pepsi Center on September 20, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Avalanche defeated the Kings 4-3 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) According to a report out of Colorado, Avalanche...
Via The 6th Sens
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Four Avs, team Canada earn World Championship gold

Team Canada – anchored by four members of the Colorado Avalanche – displayed their dominance over the hockey world by destroying the competition at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in the Czech Republic. Canada put the cherry on top of a perfect tournament with a 6-1 blowout win of Russia in the gold medal game on Sunday. The World Championship...
Via Mile High Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Nathan MacKinnon and the Sophomore Slump

The fabled “sophomore slump” is one of those media-driven narratives I mentioned in this post. It’s a storyline people believe instinctively, based on small sample sized anecdotal evidence. “Nathan MacKinnon regressed in his second year,” people say, “so ALL second year players probably struggle.” The reasons cited for the slump are many: increased expectations, more...
Via Puck Drunk Love
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Duchene, seven Avs advance to WC quarterfinals

While the NHL playoffs have been exciting fans in North America, a red-hot Matt Duchene has been leading team Canada and tearing up the competition at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in the Czech Republic. Duchene is one of seven Colorado Avalanche players who accepted invitations to compete in the tournament – which concluded it’s seven-game group...
Via Mile High Sports
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche Look To Bounce Back For 2016 Season

View image | gettyimages.com It was a disappointing 2014-15 season for the Colorado Avalanche. After finishing first in the Central Division with 112 points the year before, Colorado dropped all the way to last this season. Their record, 39-31-12, was still respectable but it is far off from the 52 wins the year before. The question with this team is, was last year an aberration...
Via Beyond The Benches
April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Did the Avalanche make a mistake drafting Conner Bleackley?

Conner Bleackley, C 6’0, 192 pounds Drafted in the first round by the Colorado Avalanche 23rd overall in 2014. Bleackley’s WHL career so far has been respectable, but it’s nowhere near the sheer domination of some of the players that were drafted after him. Bleackley currently has 137 points in 204 games in the WHL. […] The post Did the Avalanche make a mistake drafting Conner...
Via Along the Boards
March 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche: Overcome the Wild

It only took until the final meeting of the season, but it finally happened: the Colorado Avalanche were able to hand the Minnesota Wild a loss. After a very intense playoff series last April that went into overtime in Game Seven, the Avalanche were finally able to get over the hump of not only scoring against the Wild, but also handing them just their third regulation loss since...
Via isportsweb.com
March 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Wild-Avalanche Rivalry Reaching New Heights

In sports everyone loves a good rivalry, and the National Hockey League is no exception. From Bruins-Canadiens to Red Wings-Avalanche, the NHL has a rich history of intense rivalries between teams and fan bases that love nothing more than to hate one another. Well, the league’s next rivalry might be brewing out in the Western Conference’s Central Division between the Minnesota...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
March 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche: Trade deadline looms

To keep him or to deal him? That is the question facing Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy for the Colorado Avalanche prior to the trade deadline. The Colorado Avalanche are gearing up for a playoff run, and with the clock ticking away until the trade deadline, all eyes are fixed towards Ryan O’Reilly. O’Reilly is currently on a line with Nathan MacKinnon and Gabe Landeskog, a line that...
Via isportsweb.com
February 24, 2015  |  Discuss

GIF: Cody McLeod misses a check, ends up in Tampa Bay’s bench

Cody McLeod was lining up a huge check during Saturday’s game between the Avalanche and Lightning. As he sped in for a big hit, Mark Barberio stepped aside and McLeod flew over the boards and into Tampa Bay’s bench. You can tell that there isn’t much of a rivalry between the Avs and Bolts by the fact McLeod was able to hop right back out of the bench without incident. The...
Via Puck Drunk Love
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

AHL goalie Reto Barra scores goal and celebrates in style (Video)

Lake Erie Monsters goaltender Reto Barra became only the 11th goaltender in AHL history to score a goal with an empty netter against the Chicago Wolves, and he celebrated in style by skating to the bench for high-fives.Barra, who was sent down to the minors by the Colorado Avalanche just last weekend, shot it down the ice and nailed it dead center into the Chicago net for the goal...
Via Holdout Sports
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Opponents not happy with goalie's celebration

Goalies scoring goals are like fat guy touchdowns: They don’t happen often, and they aren’t often pretty, but they’re always fun to watch. Reto Berra became the latest goaltender to turn the tables, as he found the back of the net Friday night in an AHL game. Berra’s currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche’s AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, and he’s making...
Via NESN.com
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss
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