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The Colorado Avalanche finally took to the ice against other teams as the preseason schedule started last week. Between tinkering with line combinations and systems development, coaches and management also analyzed players and their future with the organization. So while the games don’t count toward Colorado’s season record, the player movement will dramatically impact how the season unfolds. THE GOOD…...

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There was a lot of false information about Nikita Zadorov this summer, the biggest canard being that he might bolt to the KHL if his contract didn’t work out with the Colorado Avalanche. Zadorov revealed in this EXCLUSIVE video that he told Avs GM Joe Sakic in July that he wasn’t going to go to the KHL, that he wanted…...

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Good morning from the Pepsi Center, where the C0lorado Avalanche will play another game that doesn’t count tonight, against the Dallas Stars. The big news? Matt Duchene will be in the lineup (pictured above), likely on a line with Alex Kerfoot and Nail Yakupov. It will be interesting to see how the crowd greets Duchene tonight, eh? I’m sure he’ll…...

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The official start of the Colorado Avalanche training camp began this past week and in keeping with today, September 19, is International “Talk Like a Pirate Day”, the roundup of good, bad, and ‘arrggh-ly’ will tend to the roguish. Avast ye’ matey’s – fasten yer jib and bring ‘der booty! ‘DER BOOTY (THE GOOD) 1. The Avalanche launched into preseason…...

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The Nikita Zadorov contract situation is over. Zadorov, the young Avalanche defenseman who missed Friday’s opening day of training camp because of a contract stalemate, has agreed on a new contract, BSN Denver has learned. The deal is a two-year contract worth $4.3M total, making it an annual average value of $2.15M. His actual salary is $2.1M first the first…...

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Avalanche training camp opens amidst the controversy of a holdout and a roster with more questions than answers.

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After announcing Milan Hejduk’s #23 jersey will be raised to the rafters this upcoming season, Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic talked with the media about the upcoming season, Matt Duchene, and Nikita Zadorov. https://youtu.be/US5uYvs1Gsw...

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SAN JOSE, CALIF. – Got some time to kill at the airport gate before my flight back to Denver, so I thought I’d kill some of it with some observations from the Avs’ just-concluded rookie showcase tourney here in Silicon Valley. I’m glad I came, as it’s been a while since I’ve really been able to focus in on some…...

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SAN JOSE, CALIF. – Spencer Martin wasn’t going to make the Avalanche’s varsity club, no matter how well he played in this “Prospect Showcase” tournament. He could have done handstands out of the Shark Ice practice complex and he’d still be ticketed to San Antonio by the end of this month at the latest. The Avs already have two veteran goalies,…...

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SAN JOSE, CALIF. – Joe Sakic emerged from behind a curtain, a line of demarcation between him, his Colorado Avalanche staff and any nosy media people, after the second period of Saturday’s “Rookie Showcase” tournament game between the Avs and San Jose Sharks at the host’s normal practice rink. He looked tanned and fit and his demeanor was relaxed and, for…...

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Time to shake off the dust (and smoke) from August and the hazy Labor Day weekend and gear up for the start of the Colorado Avalanche season. In case you were busy relaxing in the summer sun or conquering the nearest mountain, today’s The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly will focus on the Avalanche’s moves – or non-moves –…...

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There is no danger of Nikita Zadorov leaving the Avalanche for the Kontinential Hockey League, and progress has been made in reaching a new contract with the Avs, sources tell BSN Denver. “Trust me, they will have a deal. You can count on it,” said one source familiar with the negotiations between the Russian defenseman and the Avalanche. While a…...

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Let’s do a July 29 edition of the Avs Mailbag. Not a whole heck of a lot going on with the Avs right now, but we know you still have questions, so let’s get to some: Dater, It is nearly August now. I’m worried (Nikita) Zadorov might go back to Russia to play in the KHL. We are right screwed…...

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Avoiding an arbitration hearing that was pending, the Colorado Avalanche and forward Matt Nieto agreed to a one-year, $1 million contract Tuesday morning. Nieto’s signing means the Avs have only two remaining unsigned restricted free agents: Defenseman Nikita Zadorov and forward Rocco Grimaldi. Nieto, a left wing, never signed his qualifying offer of $771,000, and became the only Avs player…...

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Colorado Avalanche General Manager Joe Sakic balked at trading Matt Duchene and opted for high-flying defenseman Cale Makar at fourth overall.

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The Kontinental Hockey League is not the laughingstock it used to be to the NHL. While there is little question that the top professional league in Russia is an overall inferior product to the NHL, that hasn’t stopped some top Russian players recently from bolting the NHL for their homeland. There is a chance Avalanche defenseman Nikita Zadorov could…...

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The Colorado Avalanche persisted in their Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde routine throughout the past week, switching between solid, exciting play and crushing lapses surrendering leads.

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Every time the Colorado Avalanche show glimmers of hope, another spanner gets thrown in the works. The past week epitomizes the roller coaster ride Avalanche followers have endured this season.

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Information from the last 10 days with the Colorado Avalanche.

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The BSN Avalanche Podcast returns this week with the guys talking about the team’s success, largely driven by youngsters Nikita Zadorov and Mikko Rantanen....

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