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Before tackling the July 1st free agency period, the Colorado Avalanche needed to take care of some business in-house, making qualifying offers to a number of their restricted free agents in advance of this afternoon’s qualifying offer deadline. After revealing this weekend that Joey Hishon would be qualified and Jordan Caron would be let go, the Avalanche, according to the NHL’s official free…...

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Yesterday we took a look at which UFA forwards the Avalanche should pursue when NHL Free Agency opens later this afternoon but today, with just a few hours left before “Free Agent Frenzy” we turn our attention to the defensemen available in this UFA class. As one of the worst possession teams in the NHL last season, the Colorado Avalanche’s…...

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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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Amidst all the clatter and excitement of the Ryan O’Reilly trade and the NHL Draft this weekend, the Colorado Avalanche made a sneaky, very suspicious move which should put General Managers in Calgary and Chicago on high alert. Before the start of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft’s second round, the Avalanche swapped the 31st overall pick (obtained from…...

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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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It was a busy weekend for the Colorado Avalanche, one that saw them ship Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn to the Buffalo Sabres in a blockbuster deal. In-your-face defenseman Nikita Zadorov was the big fish coming Colorado’s way, and American-born J.T. Compher is a nice prospect entering his junior season at the University of Michigan. The Avalanche also landed the…...

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After a long weekend which featured three trades and seven selections in the NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche can close the book on draft season and prepare for the start of Free Agency next Wednesday, July 1st. Before launching into our Free Agency coverage this Monday, it’s time to take stock of the Avalanche’s draft activity. In the weeks leading up…...

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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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With the 161st selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft the Colorado Avalanche selected Drummondville Voltiguers defenseman Sergei Boikov. After choosing a pair of QMJHL players earlier in the draft and an over-age Russian defenseman in the 4th round, the Avalanche combined the two in round 6, drafting an over-age Russian defenseman from the QMJHL. Boikov is a 19 year old,…...

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With the 101st selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft the Colorado Avalanche selected Russian defenseman Andrei Mironov. Not included in our Top 100 Prospect Profiles, Central Scouting’s Top 120 European prospects, Future Considerations Top 210, and unranked by many, many more it’s safe to call this an extremely off the board selection for the Colorado Avalanche. The 20…...

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The Avs third round pick of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft is in, and the right-shooting center Jean-Christophe Beaudin is headed back to Colorado.  He scored 14 goals and 39 assists (53 points) in 68 games for the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies of the QMJHL last year. While not the biggest guy at 6’1″ and 181 lbs, his intelligence, vision, and passing give him gives…...

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With the 40th overall pick, the Colorado Avalanche have selected Nicolas Meloche of Baie-Comeau Drakkar of the QMJHL. Nicolas Meloche is a big-bodied defenseman with a penchant for scoring. He was selected in the first round (15th overall) by Drakkar in the 2013 QMJHL Entry Draft and immediately made an impact on his team. In 54 games, he potted 6 goals…...

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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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We thought the Avalanche might move the 31st overall selecting this morning in order to obtain more draft picks, and sure enough they swapped the 31st pick before ever stepping up to the podium. The Colorado Avalanche announced the trade via twitter: Trade details: – No. 31 to SJ for No. 39 this year – 2nd round in 2016…...

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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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Thanks to yesterday’s blockbuster trade that sent Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn to Buffalo in exchange for Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher, and the 31st overall pick, the Avalanche will be the first team to approach the podium on day two of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. As it stands, the Avalanche will select 31st and 40th in…...

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For a roster without much contract turnover this summer, the Avalanche have had a busy Friday night with a number of major changes to their roster. The latest changes involve the future of two restricted free agents who finished the 2015 season with the NHL club. In a conference call during the first round of the NHL Entry Draft, Joe…...

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While Nikita Zadorov and Mikhail Grigorenko are certainly the biggest pieces headed to Colorado in return for Ryan O’Reilly and Jamie McGinn, make no mistake, J.T. Compher is a valuable piece of this Avalanche blockbuster trade. J.T. Compher is a 5-foot-11, 184 pound forward who can play both center and wing. Don’t let his smaller stature fool you, however, he…...

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With the 10th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche have selected Mikko Rantanen, of the Finnish Liiga’s TPS hockey club. Rantanen is the top rated European skater by Central Scouting, and put up 9 goals and 28 points in 56 games with TPS in his 18-year old season in the top Finnish league last year. Rantanen has also…...

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