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  Last Saturday, the Colorado Avalanche sent 20-year old defenseman Nikita Zadorov down to their AHL affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. I was surprised. I was disappointed. While I understand the team’s rough start presents a variety of challenges, I wish the Avalanche would provide a little more insight into their strategy. As it stands, the reassignment raises more questions…...

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In a bit of early morning news that will disappoint many, the Colorado Avalanche demoted highly-touted young defenseman Nikita Zadorov to the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League. The 20-year old Zadorov was seen as the primary piece of the return the Avalanche got from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Ryan O’Reilly. He has made appearances in…...

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The Colorado Avalanche officially opened their training camp today as the veterans reported for their physicals and held media day all in one. The common theme of the day was, as usual, optimism as the players are excited about an active summer that brings a handful of new faces to Denver to compete for various roles across the roster.…...

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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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Next week when Colorado Avalanche fans crowd the cold hard bleachers at Family Sports Center for the beginning of Training Camp, there will be a number of new faces out on the ice and new numbers on the backs of jerseys.  Throughout their rebuild, the Avalanche have trotted out remarkably similar rosters year after year making minor adjustments with each…...

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As the dust kicked up during the NHL draft and free agency settles, the view of the future of the Colorado Avalanche comes into clearer focus. Avalanche general manager, Joe Sakic, had a lot on his plate entering this summer. He just watched his hockey club regress from a captivating season which saw them surge to the top of the Central…...

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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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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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And just like that, it’s over. Ryan O’Reilly is reportedly being shipped to the Buffalo Sabres in a blockbuster deal, thus ending the saga between him and Avalanche management over the past couple of seasons. The recent acquisition of Carl Soderberg and hefty contract demands of O’Reilly seemed to make this result inevitable, and the Avalanche will move forward without…...

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