Found October 02, 2011 on All Things Avs: Because there is still a lot of politics in hockey, a lot of prejudging and dues paying – and the waiver rules make it easier to send guys down like him. Tyson Barrie, despite an excellent training camp and preseason performance, was sent down to Lake Erie of the AHL today, along with Brad Malone, Patrick Bordeleau and (officially) Trevor Cann. Barrie does not have to clear waivers if the Avs send him to the minors. If they tried that with an older veteran (based on the player’s age, when they signed their first pro contract and how many NHL games they’ve played) such as Kyle Cumiskey or Matt Hunwick, they could lose them for nothing on a waiver claim. In Cumiskey’s case, the Avs can not send him to the minors because he is hurt. He’s been out more than a week now with a pulled groin, and NHL bylaws state players can’t be sent down when officially injured. Cumiskey did skate today with an orange non-contact jersey. The waiver period for an NHL season begins 12...

Avs make roster moves, practice after

The Avalanche returned from Las Vegas and its 4-1 preseason-ending victory over the LA Kings early this morning and skated for about 90 minutes at their practice complex, after reassigning four players to the American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters. We’ll have more on the demotions of center Brad Malone, defenseman Tyson Barrie, left wing Patrick Bordeleau and goalie Trevor...

Aaron Musick: How the Frozen Fury lineup should look

When the Avalanche take ice for Frozen Fury XIV, coach Joe Sacco has several options when he makes up his lineup card. What he should do is set his lineup as he would Oct. 8, when the Avalanche open the regular season. During the offseason, general manager Greg Sherman traded for a new number one goalie, signed four other players and also, because of the Avalanche's injuries...

NHL signs on head hits: Not Stop, more like Yield

When Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson was playing youth hockey in Minnesota, the kids wore ''STOP'' signs on the back of their jerseys to discourage dangerous hits. The NHL has opted for something more like ''Proceed with Caution.'' Choosing not to follow the lead of the many minor and youth leagues that have banned all hits to the head...

Avalanche 4, Kings 1

Matt Duchene scored twice, Milan Hejduk had two assists, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Los Angeles Kings 4-1 in a preseason game at MGM Grand on Saturday night. The Avalanche (2-4), who outshot the Kings 30-14, rebounded from a 6-0 loss to Los Angeles (3-2-2) this week. Duchene and Paul Stastny scored 54 seconds apart to give Colorado a 2-0 lead in the first period. The Avalanche...

Avs finish up preseason with solid win over Kings Avalanche beat LA Kings 4-1 tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Two goals for Matt Duchene, and the Avs outshoot LA 30-14 despite some “Let’s try to get this team back in it for the fans’ sake” refereeing in the third period, in which the Avs entered up 4-0. This is just the king of thing the Avs needed to finish the preseason. Their overall mark wasn’t great...

Young Colorado Avalanche star Matt Duchene taking care of business

Few 20-year-olds play hockey as well as Matt Duchene, and good luck finding someone that age as diplomatic as the Avalanche center.

Players say NHL's anti-headshot message heard

BOSTON (AP) -- When Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson was playing youth hockey in Minnesota, the kids wore "STOP" signs on the back of their jerseys to discourage dangerous hits.

Avalanche Charity Golf Classic Surpasses Million Mark

The Colorado Avalanche Charity Golf Classic, held today at The Ridge at Castle Pines North, raised over $80,000 this year, bringing the total amount raised since its inception to over $1 million dollars in support of children and families in need ...

Colorado Avalanche reduces group of rookies to forward Gabriel Landeskog, defenseman Stefan Elliott

Left wing Gabriel Landeskog and defenseman Stefan Elliott are the only remaining rookies in contention to make the Avalanche's opening-night roster.
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