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Let’s start this off by collectively taking a deep breath. The start of this Avalanche season has been nothing short of chaotic. An opening night win over Chicago already feels like a lifetime ago as the Avs have gone through a game with a  partial lineup due to salary cap constraints and then a sequence of not expecting the COVID…...

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One of the many things I love about the NHL’s regular season is that every year there are a handful of games that you almost have too many storylines and in the ashes of the postgame scramble to pump out content you don’t even know what to make of it. Tonight’s 5-3 final with the St. Louis Blues surviving the…...

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Philipp Grubauer won plenty of games last year for the Colorado Avalanche. 30 of 40 of them, in fact, as he had a Vezina Trophy-caliber season. Yet, when the NHL season opened last night, Grubauer was in Seattle watching four pucks find their way behind him as he started and lost the first game in Kraken history. Back in Denver,…...

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The preseason is over. The roster is set. Opening night in the NHL is tonight. We’ve done podcasts and preview videos and written pieces about the team. It’s just about time for the NHL season to get underway. Before it happens, though, we’re going to do one more roundtable discussion about the Avalanche and the rest of the league. Let’s…...

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The Avalanche announced the last of their transactions this morning as they cut their roster down to the required limit. Instead of actually getting to 23, the Avalanche will open with a 21-man roster after they sent defenseman Justin Barron and forward Mikhail Maltsev to the Colorado Eagles. Defenseman Jacob MacDonald was placed on waivers yesterday and cleared. He is…...

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It’s been a busy couple of days for the Avalanche, at least in terms of news, as the team continues to make its way to next Wednesday’s opening night tilt against the Chicago Blackhawks. This isn’t going to be a lengthy piece so let’s just take a look at where things sit with the Avs right now, starting with the…...

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The Avalanche opened their preseason slate by both winning and losing in Vegas on Tuesday night. Colorado lost the actual game 4-3 in an oddly entertaining contest considering the lopsided rosters but then followed it up with a 2-1 win in the shootout. The shootout was entirely for practice purposes as teams are allowed to participate in shootouts no matter…...

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Avalanche training camp officially came to an end this afternoon as Colorado prepares to make its first round of cuts and head into their first preseason game tomorrow against Vegas. Let’s kick it old school with an Avalanche roundtable from all of us who attended. What/who were you most excited to see coming into training camp and what are your…...

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The Avalanche announced on the eve of training camp opening that they had signed forward Logan O’Connor to a new three-year contract. With O’Connor entering the final year of his current deal, he was part of what is still a robust class of potential free agents that includes Darcy Kuemper, Pavel Francouz, Nazem Kadri, Andre Burakovsky, and Valeri Nichushkin, among…...

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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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