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Head Coach Dean Chynoweth speaks out about new AHL affiliation

  The Avalanche parted ways with the Lake Erie Monsters this summer, taking on a new AHL affiliate in the San Antonio Rampage. When affiliations change like this, it’s natural to wonder what happens to the team personnel. In short, those who are part of the Avalanche organization (i.e., coaches, draft picks, free agents contracted with the Avs) are headed to Texas to become the...
Via BSN Denver
3 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Daniel Sprong

  Get to Know Daniel Sprong Date of Birth: 3-17-97 Place of Birth: Amsterdam, NED Ht: 6’0” Wt: 192 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing Team: Charlottetown Islanders (QMJHL) It’s not often that a player from the Netherlands ends up in top-30 draft discussions, yet we have one in Daniel Sprong. By the time he was 7, his parents realized the unique talent they had in their...
Via BSN Denver
9 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Thomas Novak

  Get to Know Thomas NovakDate of Birth: 4/28/1997 Place of Birth: River Falls, WI, USA Ht: 6’0″ Wt: 181 lbs Shoots: Left Position: Center Team (League): Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) The 3rd overall pick in the 2013 USHL Draft (and first player actually picked), Thomas Novak came to the USHL after an extremely productive and high-profile career at St. Thomas Academy in Minnesota...
Via BSN Denver
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Avs hire assistant GM, part ways with two coaches

The Colorado Avalanche had an unexpectedly eventful mid-May Monday for a non-playoff team. The club hired a new assistant general manager in Chris MacFarland. They also decided to part ways with two of their assistant coaches – Andre Tourigny and Mario Duhamel, as reported by Mike Chambers of the Denver Post. Current assistant GMs Craig Billington and Greg Sherman will remain...
Via Mile High Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche Hire Chris MacFarland as Assistant GM

This afternoon the Columbus Blue Jackets announced that Assistant General Manager Chris MacFarland was leaving the Blue Jackets organization in order to take on the same Assistant GM role with the Colorado Avalanche. MacFarland spent 16 years with the Blue Jackets organization and was eventually promoted to the role of Assistant GM in 2008. According to Aaron Portzline at the Columbus...
Via BSN Denver
9 days ago  |  Discuss

NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Brock Boeser

  Get to Know Brock BoeserDate of Birth: 2/25/1997 Place of Birth: Burnsville, MN, USA Ht: 6’1″ Wt: 192 lbs Shoots: Right Position: Right Wing Team: Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) Unlike some of the late risers in this year’s draft, Brock Boeser is a player who has been on the draftnik radar for years. Drafted 4th overall in the 2013 USHL Draft (behind fellow first round prospect...
Via BSN Denver
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Do It For McEichel: The NHL Needs to go to PyeongChang

Do it for McEichel. In 2006, the NHL had an incredible opportunity. For the first time since the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City, the NHL’s best players would have the chance to compete at the Winter Olympics again. This time, however, it wasn’t in a prime spot. It was in Turin, Italy, not exactly known to be a hockey hotspot. Earlier in the NHL season, two living hockey legends...
Via The Hockey House
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Golf at Altitude

As told to Doug Ottewill Doug: So what do you like about Fossil Trace? Kyle: The thing I love about Fossil Trace is it’s up and down terrain; you never know what you’re going to see. You might be hitting around a 100 foot boulder or a tractor. You can reach par 5s in two. You can easily quadruple a par 3. The Jim Engh style allows you to hit it on the green. What do you say...
Via Mile High Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche replace Lake Erie affiliation

The Colorado Avalanche are switching their AHL affiliate from the Lake Erie Monsters to the San Antonio Rampage, Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic announced on Friday. The Rampage and Avalanche will be paired for five years, starting next season. NEWS: The #Avs have announced a new affiliation agreement with the @sarampage. MORE: http://t.co/ZNUpCjgT7E pic.twitter.com/vHxDVHLD26...
Via Mile High Sports
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Avalanche to use San Antonio as top AHL affiliate

  The Colorado Avalanche will use San Antonio as their top minor league team beginning next season. General manager Joe Sakic announced Friday that Colorado's American Hockey League affiliate will switch from the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland to the San Antonio Rampage. The Monsters have been Colorado's AHL partner since 2007-08. The agreement is for the next five seasons, the...
Via AP on Fox
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Avalanche to use San Antonio as top minor league team

DENVER (AP) The Colorado Avalanche will use San Antonio as their top minor league team beginning next season. General manager Joe Sakic announced Friday that Colorado's American Hockey League affiliate will switch from the Lake Erie Monsters in Cleveland to the San Antonio Rampage. The Monsters have been Colorado's AHL partner since 2007-08. The agreement is for the next five seasons...
Via AP on Fox
April 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Avalanche Look To Bounce Back For 2016 Season

View image | gettyimages.com It was a disappointing 2014-15 season for the Colorado Avalanche. After finishing first in the Central Division with 112 points the year before, Colorado dropped all the way to last this season. Their record, 39-31-12, was still respectable but it is far off from the 52 wins the year before. The question with this team is, was last year an aberration...
Via Beyond The Benches
April 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Avs miss playoffs for 4th time in 5 seasons

DENVER (AP) Patrick Roy's beard, spotted with copious amounts of gray, is in full playoff mode. That's unlike his team as the Colorado Avalanche missed the postseason for a fourth time in five seasons. A year ago, the Avs were the buzz of the NHL with a young, fast squad and one of the top goaltenders in the league. They tied a franchise record with 52 wins and captured the Central...
Via AP on Fox
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Avs edge the Devils in Varly’s return

In a contest between two teams fighting to stay in their respective playoff races, the Colorado Avalanche edged the New Jersey Devils 2-1 in a shootout on Thursday night in Denver. The Avs now sit just six points out of the final playoff position in the Western Conference after winning nine of their last 13 outings. Semyon Varlamov returned to the net for the Avalanche (31-26-11...
Via Mile High Sports
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Avs young core not getting it done

After a resurgent year in which the Colorado Avalanche shocked the hockey world and won the highly competitive Central Division, expectations were sky high for the club’s second season under head coach Patrick Roy. Unfortunately, after an offseason of fine tuning under the management of Avalanche legends coach Roy and Joe Sakic, the club has been wildly disappointing in the second...
Via Mile High Sports
February 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Avalanche will reportedly host 2015-16 outdoor game

Exciting news for Colorado Avalanche fans – according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Avalanche will host the Detroit Red Wings and the Minnesota Wild will host the Chicago Blackhawks in next season’s NHL outdoor games. As I just said on @NBCSN pre-game show, expectation is NHL will announce this weekend outdoor games next season for COL and MIN. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie...
Via Mile High Sports
January 22, 2015  |  Discuss

This Week in Flyers History: Week ending January 18

January 17, 1998 He was a former first-overall pick who once was quoted as saying, "I am glad I got drafted first, because no one remembers number two." He had not lived up to the hype in his first 301 NHL games north of the border, averaging just over a half point per game. This 22-year-old French Canadian heartthrob, who was once compared to everyone from Joe Sakic, Pat LaFontaine...
Via Flyerdelphia
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Avs, Dawg Nation team up to honor special guest

The Colorado Avalanche and the Dawg Nation Hockey Foundation are teaming up to do something truly special at Thursday night’s home game for a former Scottish soldier named Andy Barnard who has a deep and heartbreaking connection to the Avalanche. In 2008, while serving in the British Army in Afghanistan, Barnard became close friends with a U.S. Marine from Loveland, CO named Isaac...
Via Mile High Sports
January 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Is loyalty to one team a luxury?

With the passing of Hockey Hall of Fame player Jean Beliveau on December 2, one has to wonder why players do not stay with one team for their entire careers any longer. Beliveau played parts of 20 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens from 1951-1971. Other notable players that played their entire careers with one organization are Stan Makita (Chicago Blackhawks from 1958-1980), Dennis...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss

It’s time to start panicking about the Avalanche

That’s it; it’s time to throw in the towel and hit the abort button on the 2014-15 season for the Colorado Avalanche. Forget contending for the division or worrying about playoff seeding; it’s time to start pondering how high of a draft pick the Avs can land. Lets put a fork in this one because it’s done. All right, that might be an overreaction (and a lot of idioms), but...
Via Mile High Sports
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Fun facts about the Nashville Predators

Ladies and gentlemen, the Nashville Predators are yet to lose in regulation, and that leaves them with a grasp on on first place in the Central and a tie for the most points thus far in the NHL with Anaheim and Montreal. We all know about the Ducks and Canadiens, so we’re getting to the point where we should find out a thing or two about these Predators. Here are some fun facts...
Via Barry Melrose Rocks
October 24, 2014  |  Discuss

A reality check for Avalanche fans

The Colorado Avalanche opened the season with an embarrassing 5-0 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Who saw that coming? Surely, not the hockey fans in Denver. The anticipation for the puck to drop on the Avs season hasn’t been this high since Ray Bourque was making his last run at the Cup. Hockey fans in this state felt robbed after watching the Wild steal Game 7 in the Pepsi Center...
Via Mile High Sports
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Avs News: Sakic spends $11.2M on Brad Stuart, Cody McCleod

I wonder what it's like overpaying by $11.1M. #480672403 / gettyimages.com The Colorado Avalanche announced yesterday that they've re-signed veterans Brad Stuart and Cody McLeod, both seemingly locking both players up through the end of their careers."Cody has been an Avalanche his entire career," said Avs Exec VP/GM Joe Sakic. "He brings grit, energy and passion to the rink...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
September 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Sakic officially named the GM

To prevent further confusion in their front office, the Colorado Avalanche made changes to the titles of some of their prominent personnel in the offseason. On their website, the team officially named Joe Sakic their general manager – a role that he already held in all but name. Sakic will also continue to hold the titles of vice-president of hockey operations and alternate governor...
Via Mile High Sports
September 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche News: O'Reilly's back, baby

In a rather shocking turn of events, Ryan O'Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche avoided salary arbitration.#451180998 / gettyimages.comPer TSN's Darren Dreger,Ryan O'Rielly agrees to 2 yr deal. $ 5.8 and $6.2.— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) July 23, 2014Considering that Ryan O'Reilly just came off of a two year $10M deal, the fact that O'Reilly settled for two year deal worth only...
Via Sports Rumor Alert
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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