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You know sometimes you go into matchmaking with a group of friends and you get into a game where the opposing team is a bunch of randos who have never played together before? That was kind of the video game equivalent of the Avalanche annihilating Vegas today. The 6-1 Avalanche win comes on Nevada Day, a holiday nobody outside of…...

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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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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 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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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…

It’s safe to say expectations are high for Cale Makar. It’s also safe to say he doesn’t care all that much about them. The Avalanche have been lucky enough to see many incredible forwards come through town since 1995 but the high-end defenders have been harder for the organization to find. There have been brief tenures of guys like Rob…...

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It hasn’t quite been the preseason the Avalanche were hoping for in terms of results as they lost their third straight to open their preseason schedule. A 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild today in Minneapolis was another of those classic battles between roster disparity as the home team iced a mostly-NHL lineup and the Avalanche sent a mixture of…...

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Everyone knows the deal with the Colorado Avalanche. They’re good, they’re young, they’re exciting, and the rest of the NHL is starting to get worried about them. What the rest of the league should really be on the lookout for is what’s happening below the NHL level. Colorado came to the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff with a roster that could…...

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With training camp and preseason games right around the corner, Jared Bednar will soon be brainstorming ways to hit the ground running in time for the regular season. The Avalanche can all but guarantee a playoff appearance by outmatching the fitness, focus, and most importantly, scoring of their opponents through their first 20 games. Or can they? In the past,…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed forward Vladislav Kamenev to a one-year contract. Financial terms were undisclosed. He will be a restricted free agent again next summer. Kamenev, 22, played in 23 games this season before getting coming injured in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Kamenev sustained a shoulder injury resulting in surgery this season. Prior to the injury,…...

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Everything about Brandon Saigeon’s time in the Avalanche organization has been peculiar. Even the drafting of Saigeon was outside of Colorado’s usual bag of tricks. They haven’t been shy about drafting older players (eight, including Saigeon, in the last five years) but Saigeon was the only one who was in his second time through and in the CHL. Because…...

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The Colorado Avalanche have re-signed forward J.T. Compher to a four-year deal. The contract is for $14 million total, bringing the AAV to $3.5 million. It is the second four-year deal handed out by Joe Sakic this summer (Joonas Donskoi the other). Compher, 24, appeared in 66 games last season with the Avalanche, scoring 32 points (16g, 16a). Compher did…...

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The RFA signings continue coming for the Avalanche as Andre Burakovsky has accepted his qualifying offer and signed a one-year deal worth $3.25 million. It’s a hefty price tag given he’s coming off back to back 25-point seasons but Colorado knew what it was getting into when they traded two draft choices for him just days after the Washington Capitals…...

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It’s hard to build a Stanley Cup contender. It might be even harder to build a 48-point team. In the summer of 2016, with a front office later revealed to be in turmoil, that’s just what Joe Sakic & Co. managed to do. It’s odd looking back on it because at the time Colorado’s approach to free agency and…...

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I was browsing the internet the other day when I stumbled across a picture from the set of the third installment of the Bill & Ted movie franchise. Seeing them walk away from their time-traveling phone booth had me waxing nostalgic about when I moved back to Colorado in 2009 and was watching the first two movies a lot.…...

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It’s been a wild four years in Colorado Avalanche history. From the final year of the Patrick Roy era to another unknown in Jared Bednar, who coached the Avalanche to a 60-loss season in his first season as coach, you couldn’t have asked for two more different personalities. The last two years, however, the Avalanche finally seemed to latch…...

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Ryan Graves has re-signed with the Colorado Avalanche  for one year at $735,000. It’s a two-way contract that will pay him $350,000 if he’s in the AHL, making him one of the highest paid players in that league. The deal avoided salary arbitration, which Graves had filed for last week. Graves, 24, appeared in 26 games this season with the…...

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With the bulk of their external additions completed, the Avalanche looked inward and signed one of their own on Friday afternoon with Nikita Zadorov being re-signed for one year. The deal is worth $3.2 million. Zadorov, 24, appeared in 70 games for the Avalanche last season. He scored 14 points (7g, 7a) in what was another wildly inconsistent season…...

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This is an audio story, meaning that BSN Denver subscribers can listen to it if they don’t have time to stop and read it in its entirety. We would love to know what you think about it in the comments. Enjoy! Following the signing of Joonas Donskoi earlier in the day, the Avalanche added two more players to their roster with the signing…...

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