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When the Colorado Avalanche finally severed the relationship with disappointing defenseman Stefan Elliott on Wednesday night, they brought in a player from the Arizona Coyotes in Brandon Gormley whom much had been expected of in Phoenix. The 13th overall selection of the 2010 NHL Draft, Gormley was a prototypical defenseman from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, where he…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have announced they have traded defenseman Stefan Elliott to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for defenseman Brandon Gormley. This deal marks the end of a tumultuous career for the enigmatic Elliott, who lit up the NHL in his first appearances with the Avalanche with his electric offensive talent but whose defensive game never developed to the…...

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As the World Cup schedules, groups and various management teams were recently announced, it’s time to take our first look at which players from the Avalanche could possibly represent their countries during next summer’s event. Team Canada Locks: None Bubble: Matt Duchene, F Duchene loves representing Team Canada and never turns down an opportunity to put the maple leaf…...

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Since the retirement of Patrick Roy in 2003, the goaltender position has often been filled by players with a great many questions. From David Aebischer and Jose Theodore to the painful Peter Budaj/Andrew Raycroft tandem and through the drama of Craig Anderson’s short tenure to the now bright future and stability Semyon Varlamov has brought, goaltending has been in…...

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The hockey jersey website Icethetics.com revealed an exclusive first look at the new third jerseys to be used by the Colorado Avalanche in the upcoming 2015-16 season. The Avalanche are expected to officially unveil the jersey later. Having retired the recent “blueberry” third jerseys after six seasons in use, the Avalanche shift gears into more of an homage to…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have announced they signed restricted free agent goalie Calvin Pickard to a one-year contract. The contract is a two-way contract worth $850,500 at the NHL level. The 23-year old Pickard had a breakthrough season last year as he made his NHL debut while filling in for injured goaltender Semyon Varlamov and pushing backup Reto Berra to…...

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Last week on Twitter a lively debate about the Colorado Avalanche All-Time Roster sprung up as I was sifting through the team’s history for no particular reason. As a result of the discussion, I decided to sit down and actually come up with what my all-time Avalanche roster would look like and provide some reasoning behind the selections. It’s…...

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The Colorado Avalanche announced they have signed restricted free agent Joey Hishon to a one-year, two-way contract with a cap hit of $890,000 if Hishon makes the NHL. His AHL salary would be $70,000 if that’s where he ends up. The 23-year old Hishon made his regular season NHL debut last year, appearing in 13 games and registering 1…...

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The Colorado Avalanche start their three day development camp today. The team will run through various on-ice activities throughout the course of the day and the players are separated into three teams: grey, blue, and burgundy. The camp features a number of intriguing prospects making their North America debuts such as recent 10th overall selection Mikko Rantanen as well…...

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The NHLPA released a list of NHL players who have elected for Salary Arbitration in advance of Monday’s deadline. The list of 23 includes two members of the Colorado Avalanche organization, left wing Andrew Aggozino and defenseman Mat Clark. Aggozino, the leading scorer for the Lake Erie Monsters last year with 64 points, including 30 goals, is 24-years old…...

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A longer-than-expected off-season has seen the Colorado Avalanche state time and time again their desire to add quality left-handed defensemen to the fold and now they have signed one in Francois Beauchemin. The 35-year old Beauchemin departs the Anaheim Ducks, his second stint with the team, after spending parts of the last five seasons there as he has inked…...

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The NHL’s off-season moves at a breakneck pace with the Stanley Cup being awarded one week, the NHL Draft happening the next, and then free agency setting teams up for next season the week after that. With Chicago having won yet another Stanley Cup and the NHL Draft completed last weekend, it means it’s time for free agency to…...

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With the NHL Entry Draft completed this past weekend, there’s been an infusion of youth and talent into the Colorado Avalanche organization. The trade of Ryan O’Reilly to the Buffalo Sabres also helped the Avalanche remake their prospect pool, previously one of the NHL’s weakest, in the span of just two days. The BSN Avalanche staff got together and…...

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With the NHL Draft completed, the dust begins to settle on one of the more chaotic 48-hour periods in recent NHL history. At the forefront of a large amount of that action was the Colorado Avalanche. Today, we’re going to touch on the Carl Soderberg acquisition, the Ryan O’Reilly trade, and the results of the NHL Draft. First question…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have selected Gustav Olhaver, a center and left wing from the Rogle Junior -20 team from the Swedish Junior League, with the 191st pick, the 10th selection in the 7th round and Colorado’s final pick of the draft. Olhaver, 17, scored 12 points in 41 games last season in the U-20 league. Before being promoted to…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have selected A.J. Greer 39th overall from Boston University of the NCAA. The 6’3”, 205 pound Greer is a classic power forward who plays a heavy style and possesses high-end offensive skills. While he only scored 7 points in 37 games played in his freshman season last year, Greer played primarily in a third line role for…...

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When the Avalanche traded Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres yesterday in exchange for Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher, and the 31st selection in today’s NHL Entry Draft, the biggest name (and player, for that matter) to be heading Colorado’s way is the monster truck-sized Zadorov as he is the centerpiece of the trade from…...

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It’s finally draft day. We’ve covered 100 prospects here at BSN Denver, had multiple features highlighting players the Avalanche may consider down the road, and even had three separate mock drafts. Today, the goal was simple. We sat down as a staff and after all the hours of pouring of prospect film and debating the merits of the players…...

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While potentially further setting themselves up for an extremely busy weekend, the Colorado Avalanche have acquired the rights to soon-to-be free agent center Carl Soderberg in exchange for a 6th round selection in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. That selection had been previously acquired by the Avalanche at the trade deadline as part of a package in exchange for…...

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The annual NHL meetings in Las Vegas wrapped up this week with everyone making their way to Miami for the start of the NHL Entry Draft, which begins tomorrow evening. In just a short couple of days, the NHL has changed quite a bit, chief among them a new format for overtime, the inclusion of a coaches challenge, and…...

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