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During Colorado’s long wait between games two and three, the seasons managed to change from fall to winter and back to fall. Colorado, eh? As the Avs sat around waiting for their next victim, the NHL continued on. In Vancouver last night, highly-touted defenseman Quinn Hughes finally scored his first NHL goal in his eighth NHL game. The Canucks announcers…...

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Nathan MacKinnon is a superstar. Mikko Rantanen is right behind him. The world seemingly expects Cale Makar to cure cancer in between shifts. It can be easy to forget the steady presence of Gabe Landeskog, who plays third banana on the league’s most dominant top line. It’s a new year but the same old captain for the Avalanche as he…...

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Preseason nothin’. As Colorado got off to the kind of start it wanted with a 5-3 win over the Calgary Flames, it was the player who did not play for the Avalanche in the preseason that drove the bus. Mikko Rantanen, who agreed to a six-year contract during Colorado’s final preseason game last weekend, reminded everyone except a couple of nerd…...

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The Avalanche knows what’s coming. They remember how they felt playing Nashville the first time last year. The sting of a playoff loss carries one through the summer. Instead of facing the team that eliminated them, Colorado is on the other side of the coin as they welcome in the Calgary Flames for their season-opening game. “There’s gonna be some…...

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The nightmare for Avalanche fans is over. Mikko Rantanen has agreed to a six-year contract worth $55.5 million in total, $9.25M per year. The contract ensures Colorado gets a very fair price on their star right wing through the bulk of his prime as it is set to expire when he is 28. The 22-year-old Rantanen is coming off maybe…...

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And just like that, there was hope. As the Mikko Rantanen contract stalemate has continued, there have been more moments of disappointment than optimism. Until now. Speaking to Swiss television station Teleticino reporter Nicola Martinetti on behalf of DNVR, Rantanen opened up on topics ranging from his time in Switzerland to the Avalanche and, yes, his contract situation. “I feel…

It’s safe to say expectations are high for Cale Makar. It’s also safe to say he doesn’t care all that much about them. The Avalanche have been lucky enough to see many incredible forwards come through town since 1995 but the high-end defenders have been harder for the organization to find. There have been brief tenures of guys like Rob…...

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Getting traded is a weird experience. Players always describe it as a whirlwind, one that includes upheaval of your daily life and where you call home. For Calle Rosen, the shock came in the middle of the night, a three AM phone call that woke him from slumber and kept him awake the rest of the night. Colorado? The Avalanche?…...

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When Bowen Byram made his unofficial Avalanche debut in the first game of the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff, it all seemed so easy for him. He registered two assists and generally dominated most of his shifts in a breezy 5-2 win over Vegas. Everyone more or less had the same thoughts following that performance – that sure looked easy. Things got…...

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Everyone knows the deal with the Colorado Avalanche. They’re good, they’re young, they’re exciting, and the rest of the NHL is starting to get worried about them. What the rest of the league should really be on the lookout for is what’s happening below the NHL level. Colorado came to the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff with a roster that could…...

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IRVINE, Calif. — Every prospect has to take certain steps before breaking into the NHL and making it to the big time. For most, it’s a systematic process that takes years of development and honing of their skills to carve out a specific niche in the world’s most talented league. Even wunderkind and new media darling Cale Makar spent…...

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Conor Timmins hasn’t played in a competitive hockey game since May 11, 2018. That night was Game 5 of the OHL Finals and as a member of the Soo Greyhound, the defenseman got rocked just inside the blueline by Riley Stillman. Timmins ultimately returned to the game, raising questions about coach Drew Bannister and his staff’s handling of the…...

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Last season Matt Calvert was obtained in the 2017-2018 off season as an unrestricted free agent. He previously played with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Calvert is a 3rd-4th line player that plays with a lot of heart and soul. Calvert saw an impact on the defensive side of the puck and often played on the Avalanche penalty kill. His injury…...

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With training camp and preseason games right around the corner, Jared Bednar will soon be brainstorming ways to hit the ground running in time for the regular season. The Avalanche can all but guarantee a playoff appearance by outmatching the fitness, focus, and most importantly, scoring of their opponents through their first 20 games. Or can they? In the past,…...

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The Avalanche wrapped up the last of their non-Mikko Rantanen business this morning when they inked A.J. Greer to a one-year contract. It’s a modest raise for Greer, who will make only $735K in the NHL but $90K in the AHL, which is up from the $70K he got last year to be one of the best players for…...

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Few things made me roll my eyes quite like listening to the NBC broadcast crew refer to the San Jose Sharks neutral zone set up as a “teal-picket fence” during their playoff series against the Avalanche. It was the kind of hokey nonsense broadcasts throw at you in order to appeal to a more casual audience and watching the…...

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The Avalanche entered the summer with a large number of unsigned young players who they were going to have to find a way to sign while still navigating the free-agent field. After signing Vlad Kamenev yesterday, Colorado was down to two unsigned RFAs and decided to get a headstart on next season. That headstart comes in the form of a…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed forward Vladislav Kamenev to a one-year contract. Financial terms were undisclosed. He will be a restricted free agent again next summer. Kamenev, 22, played in 23 games this season before getting coming injured in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kamenev sustained a shoulder injury resulting in surgery this season. Prior to the injury,…...

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Everything about Brandon Saigeon’s time in the Avalanche organization has been peculiar. Even the drafting of Saigeon was outside of Colorado’s usual bag of tricks. They haven’t been shy about drafting older players (eight, including Saigeon, in the last five years) but Saigeon was the only one who was in his second time through and in the CHL. Because…...

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