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At this weekend’s Rookie Showcase/Faceoff/Tournament (whatever you want to call it as it seems everyone has their own name for it), the Colorado Avalanche has an impressive five first-round picks in attendance. Two of them, Bowen Byram and Alex Newhook, are as close to NHL roster locks as you can get while playing for a team that has serious hopes…...

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The Avalanche rookies are in Arizona today to begin their participation in this year’s Rookie Tournament. Colorado plays three games in the next four days, beginning with an afternoon rumble against the Los Angeles Kings later today. In the past, the Avs have usually brought a small group of intriguing pro players and then predominantly long-term prospects and the typical…...

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The Avalanche kind of returns to the ice tomorrow as development camp opens up in the first official on-ice action of the preseason. With the offseason additions very likely finished, I wanted to start looking ahead at the roster and dig into some of the different angles to look at just what this year’s time might be looking like. To…...

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We’re into mid-August now and as the Avalanche finished all of their needed business with the signing of Dennis Gilbert to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration, it’s a fair time to look back at the offseason on the whole before we delve into looking at next year full throttle. It was an interesting summer in Colorado as the Avs…...

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In a big-time “balls on the table” type of move, the Avalanche finished off the first day of the new NHL calendar year by trading for Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper. The Avs tried to grind out a contract with Philipp Grubauer, who was coming off a career year, but couldn’t find the right middle ground as he left for…...

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The 2021 NHL Draft is in the books and the Colorado Avalanche selected four players throughout the process as they added to their prospect pool. Over the course of two days and 224 picks, the Avs found four players who fit the traits we’ve come to expect from the scouting department of the organization even though this was the first…...

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With the open of free agency looming in just a few days, the Colorado Avalanche took care of a huge piece of business as they found the common ground with star defenseman Cale Makar and signed him to a six-year, $54 million deal. The AAV on Makar’s deal comes out to $9M per year just one night after division rival…...

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The Colorado Avalanche escaped the Vegas expansion draft relatively unscathed, losing goaltender Calvin Pickard to the Golden Knights and improving at the position in the years after. That was not the case with this year’s round of expansion as the Seattle Kraken were set to take one of the $3M players on Colorado’s roster. Between Ryan Graves, J.T. Compher, and…...

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In the rare case of the rumor mill getting one right, the Avalanche announced tonight they had traded Ryan Graves to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick and forward Mikhail Maltsev. The trade of Graves two days before the Avalanche must submit their protection list for next week’s expansion draft is an important move for…...

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Fun news day today in the NHL world, as the league really jumps into its offseason and gets going. We saw the Stanley Cup dented in a boat party in Tampa Bay, Montreal’s interim head coach get a three-year deal, Pekka Rinne retired, and here in Colorado Erik Johnson agreed to waive his No-Movement Clause in order to not be…...

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Even though the Stanley Cup was awarded a few days ago, today marks the unofficial beginning of the NHL offseason as the initial buyout window is now open for teams to begin making meaningful financial decisions. This year’s window is especially intriguing because the Seattle expansion draft looms in less than two weeks and we might see a number of…...

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Colorado’s season ended Thursday night with a 6-3 loss in Game 6 against the Vegas Golden Knights. The first four-game losing streak of the season for the Avalanche ended up costing them their chance at the Stanley Cup as the Avs once led 2-0 in the series and watched it all slip away. The Avs were significantly better than their…...

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In a best-of-series, there’s a certain margin of error afforded each team. It’s exactly three games. After that, a team has to be perfect to get through to the next round. After Mark Stone’s game-winning goal in overtime won Game 5 for Vegas, Colorado’s margin for error is now completely gone. Once up 2-0 in this series, the Avalanche has…...

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Game 3, meet Game 4. You’re so alike, I have a feeling you’re going to get along great. As long as you aren’t from Colorado, it’s going to be an adorable match and you could have a fantastic long-term future together. The Avalanche heads back to Denver following a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of the Vegas Golden Knights with…...

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Here’s the short part of the story: Colorado played poorly again in Game 3 while Vegas fed off an energized home crowd and outplayed and embarrassed the Avalanche for much the game. Two goals in 45 seconds late in the third period erased a 2-1 Colorado lead and flipped the series from heading to 3-0 in Colorado’s favor while the…...

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Throughout the course of this regular season, a lot of talk surrounding the Colorado Avalanche centered on the concept of the “kinds of games” that championship teams win. It was overblown a bit but it was interesting to watch the Avalanche evolve as the year went on as they kept checking the boxes. Watching the defending Stanley Cup champions last…...

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The Avalanche had the rare busy news day today as they practiced for a bit this morning in preparation of Game 2 of their second-round series against the Vegas Golden Knights tomorrow night. The focus, however, was in net as the expected starting goaltenders for Game 2 both found themselves being named as finalists for the Vezina Trophy, given annually…...

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Coming into Game 1 of the highly-anticipated Colorado-Vegas series, the conversation largely centered around “rest versus rust” and the surprising decision of the Golden Knights to start Robin Lehner after Marc-Andre Fleury backstopped them through a grueling seven-game series against Minnesota. Coming out of Colorado’s 7-1 Game 1 demolition of Vegas, there are answers to some of those questions but…...

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After a week of waiting, the Colorado Avalanche finally has a Round 2 opponent. It wasn’t easy as the Vegas Golden Knights coughed up a 3-1 series lead for the third consecutive year but they prevailed last night in a Game 7 domination of the Minnesota Wild with a 6-2 victory, bringing them here to Denver for Game 1 tomorrow…...

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