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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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When the Avs clinched the wild card spot in 2018 in the final game of the regular season with an empty netter, there were some big names on the ice. Nathan MacKinnon. Gabriel Landeskog. Mikko Rantanen. Another guy who was on the ice protecting the lead? Mark Barberio. It’s easy to forget that Barberio, after being picked up on waivers…...

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In this original DNVR series, we take a look at some of the best Avalanche photography of the last week as well as the top picture in the game of hockey. Picture of the Week...

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Calle Rosen

The Prospect Portfolio has a few new sections this week. First, a video breakdown of the Avs prospect of the week. For the most part, these videos will be focusing on Avs professional prospects that are just one step away from reaching the NHL but may expand as the season goes on. On top of that, there is now also…...

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It was the story of training camp, but Conor Timmins’ time in the NHL is over…for now. Averaging just 10:25 of ice time in the first two games of the season, and not quite having the trust of the coaching staff late in games, the Avs are sending the 21-year-old Timmins to the Colorado Eagles of the AHL to get…...

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LOVELAND, CO. – Conveniently nestled adjacent to Interstate 25, in an arena named after a popular canned beverage, is a notable hockey organization with banners raised to the rafters in acknowledgment of seasonal greatness. Opening night for the 2019-20 season was electric as thousands of fans, donning jerseys emblazoned with Colorado’s vibrant logo on the front and players’ names on…...

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Gabriel Landeskog – A Landeskog is already on the familiar PPG pace he set last season. Tonight, he got the game-winner by standing backdoor and letting Rantanen find him with a great pass. That top line has picked up where it left off last year. Nathan MacKinnon – A- Kind of? MacKinnon had two assists but seemed a little more…...

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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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The Avalanche are riding pretty high after winning their season-opener 5-3 over the Calgary Flames. Below is postgame audio from a club that believes it has big things ahead of it. Conor Timmins on his NHL debut: Mikko Rantanen on his two-goal night: Cale Makar: Joonas Donskoi:...

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Led by four goals from their Finnish-born players, the Colorado Avalanche started their season on the right foot by taking down the Calgary Flames at home by a score of 5-3. How did each player perform? Let’s find out… Erik Johnson – C+:  The veteran of the Avs blueline led the team in time on ice with 23:14, a good…...

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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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Things are going to look a little different for the Avs on the penalty kill, at least to start the year. With Ian Cole missing the start of the season due to offseason double hip surgery, and Patrik Nemeth off to Detroit in free agency, the Avs will be without their two leading defenders in shorthanded time on ice per…...

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It’s that time of year again. Preseason is winding down, rosters are finalizing, and the promise of a new season awaits. For the Avs, that season comes with heightened expectations. Not only have they made the playoffs in consecutive years, but they easily blew through the top Western Conference team last April and pushed a very strong Sharks team to…...

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You couldn’t wipe the smile off Gabe Landeskog’s face. “It felt good,” Landeskog said about reuniting on the ice with his linemate Mikko Rantanen. “He’s a big part of our team, no doubt about it, and on top of just being a good player and having one of your top players back, it’s a good friend that comes back,…...

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This week’s Prospect Portfolio is led by Bowen Byram returning to his junior team and fitting in like he never left. The Avs now also have all of their unsigned goalie prospects in action and continue to see high end scoring numbers from their Canadian junior prospects. KHL: Nikolai Kovalenko – RW (Lokomotiv Yaroslavl) round 6, pick 171, 2018 Games…...

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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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Patrick Wiercioch. Eric Gelinas. Fedor Tyutin. It wasn’t that long ago that the Avalanche, desperate for defensive help, would take a chance on just about anyone with a pulse to step in, hoping that something would click and they would make a difference on their blue line. If training camp this year is any indication, the Avs won’t be needing…...

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It was only a mild surprise when the Avalanche sent Bowen Byram back to the WHL for the season. After drafting him fourth overall, general manager Joe Sakic said Byram would get every opportunity to stick. That Byram played in two of three games in Irvine in the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff and then four of Colorado’s first five preseason games…...

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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…

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