Avalanche & O’Reilly Agree On Two-Year Deal

  The Colorado Avalanche made, maybe, their biggest move of the off-season a few days ago when they resigned Ryan O’Reilly to a two year contract worth 12 million dollars. O’Reilly is coming off his best season as a pro scoring 28 goals and 64 points. He also took home the Lady Byng Trophy a few weeks ago at the NHL Awards ceremony after only registering two penalty minutes...
Via Beyond The Benches
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan O’Reilly signs two-year deal to avoid arbitration

Ryan O’Reilly cashed in on a two-year deal with Colorado reportedly worth $12 million. (Brace Hemmelgern, USA Today Sports) Two seasons ago, Ryan O’Reilly nearly left the Colorado Avalanche after signing a two-year, $10 million offer sheet from Calgary. After yet another contract dispute this offseason, relations between O’Reilly and Colorado seemed to be tenuous at best....
Via Around The Rink
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Drouin grew by spending extra season in juniors

The 2012-13 QMJHL Halifax Mooseheads were a superb team with top prospects Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon leading the charge. They were taken with the third and first overall picks in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft respectably and that’s where their careers began down different paths. MacKinnon earned a spot with the Colorado Avalanche and won the Calder Trophy while the Tampa...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

What should the Colorado Avalanche do with Ryan O’Reilly?

So, you’re the Colorado Avalanche. You’ve just enjoyed a comeback season in which you won the regular season Central Division title and returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. You maybe got a little lucky with all that success, since your goalie posted a career year and you were the worst possession team to qualify for the post-season, which is probably why you...
Via Pro Sports Daily
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Veteran Presence Can Help Colorado

With the NHL off-season continuing to move along the Colorado Avalanche have certainly had their ups and downs during these past few weeks. Colorado was represented well at the NHL Awards that took place a few weeks ago as Patrick Roy took home the Jack Adams Award for Coach of the Year as well as Nathan MacKinnon, an obvious choice, winning the Calder Trophy. Just a week later the...
Via Beyond The Benches
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche trade PA Parenteau to Canadiens for Daniel Briere

The Colorado Avalanche traded forward PA Parenteau and a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward Daniel Briere on Monday., reports  Briere waived his no-move clause in order for the trade to be completed. Parenteau, 31, had 32 goals and 76 points in 103 games over two seasons in Colorado.  In 55 games last season...
Via Sports-Glory
29 days ago  |  1 Comment

Crosby takes home second Hart, MacKinnon named NHL’s top rookie at Awards Show

Getty Images Last night the stars of the NHL gathered at the Encore Theatre at the Wynn in Las Vegas for the annual NHL Awards Show where the Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins combined for six trophy wins, including Tuukka Rask’s first Vezina.   Here’s a list of winners from the 2014 NHL Awards Show: Getty Images   Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby earned his second Hart Trophy...
Via The Hockey Guys
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche earn 3 of possible 4 awards: Video

The Colorado Avalanche stole the show once again, for one final time in the 2013-2014 season. This time, the Avs were represented at the NHL Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas, Nevada. A few months ago, when the Avalanche had four members announced as finalists for the awards, I projected out the likelihood that they would win their respective awards. You can read that article here. PATRICK...
June 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan MacKinnon named NHL's top rookie by landslide

Nathan MacKinnon deserved the Calder Trophy, and the 2014 NHL Awards show gave him sweet justice. The Colorado Avalanche rookie scored 10 points in seven playoff games, and that part wasn't even considered in the voting. The 18-year-old absolutely dominated the voting, crushing Ondrej Palat and Tyler Johnson of the Tampa Bay Lightning with 130 of the 137 first-place votes. Inexplicably...
Via Pro Sports Daily
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan MacKinnon named rookie of the year

LAS VEGAS—Colorado Avalanche rookie sensation and future superstar Nathan MacKinnon added more acclaim to his growing legacy on Tuesday night when the 18-year-old won the Calder Trophy for rookie of the year during the 2014 NHL Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada. “It’s been a whirlwind for sure. Like I said recently, I had some of the best memories of my life in Halifax, winning the...
Via Mile High Sports
June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Statsny’s agent: “nothing imminent” on new deal with Avalanche

Paul Statsny’s agent Matt Keator mentioned on Adrian Dater’s podcast that there is “nothing imminent” on a new deal with the Avalanche. It appears likely that Statsny will hit free agency in July. The Avalanche have an abundance of young centers and he would be a luxury that would be tough to afford under the salary cap in future years when Nathan MacKinnon and Ryan O’Reilly...
Via Save By Richter
May 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche youth make noise in Belarus

At the end of every NHL season, a great deal of players head overseas to represent their countries in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships. After the Minnesota Wild eliminated them from the playoffs, Colorado Avalanche players were free to join their respective countries in Belarus. Four players from the Avalanche organization competed in this year’s tournament...
Via Mile High Sports
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Player Spotlight: Nathan MacKinnon

As this is being written, the Colorado Avalanche players are packing up and heading home for the off-season. They will recover from a hard-fought first round battle against the Minnesota Wild which went all the way to seven games before the home crowd at the Pepsi Center saw their team fall 5-4 in overtime; a fitting end to a thriller of a series. Many players on both sides showcased...
Via The Sideline
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Perron (hip) won’t play for Canada in Worlds

Those looking for ways to connect Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon with fellow Nova Scotia-native Sidney Crosby got more fuel today. At the age of 18, MacKinnon has been added to Team Canada’s roster for the World Championship, just like Crosby was in 2006, per the Canadian Press. MacKinnon had two goals and 10 points in seven playoff games, but it wasn’t enough to...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan MacKinnon joins Canada for world championship

Like Sidney Crosby in 2006, Nathan MacKinnon will get a taste of Team Canada at the world championships at the age of 18. MacKinnon was one of three players added to Canada’s worlds roster Sunday, along with Brayden Schenn and Matt Read of the Philadelphia Flyers. The Colorado Avalanche rookie and 2013 No. 1 pick had two goals and eight assists in his first career Stanley Cup...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche sent packing in Game 7 loss

They worked all season for the advantage of having home ice for any potential Game 7′s, and they got what they wanted. Then, unlike how they did all season, the Colorado Avalanche failed to execute. Colorado will bow out of the NHL playoffs this season prematurely, especially after they burst onto the scene in the first two games. Nathan MacKinnon lit the hockey world on fire in...
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

First round of Stanley Cup Playoffs ends tonight with three Game 7s

The opening round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be capped with a trio of Game 7s. For the first time in 11 years, all three Game 7s will take place on the same night.   Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, RDS, TSN2, CSN-PH, MSG) The Flyers forced Game 7 when they beat the Rangers 5-2 on Tuesday at Wells Fargo Center. Neither team will get much rest...
Via Sports-Glory
April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Photo: Most points by rookies in their first playoff series (TSN)

Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon broke the record this week for most points by an under-20 rookie in their first ever playoff series. MacKinnon is also currently leading the NHL for total points in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Colorado leads their first round series against the Minnesota Wild 3-2. What an amazing turnaround for a team that finished 29th in the NHL...
Via Talk Hockey
April 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Avs rally again, win Game 5 in OT over Wild with Nathan MacKinnon goal

The...chips...were on the table for the Avalanche in overtime Saturday night. Nathan MacKinnon swept them all into the pot with the winner. Doesn't he know the legal gambling age in Colorado is 21? The 18-year old rookie's shot past Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper at 3:27 won another overtime thriller for the Avs, who took a 4-3 decision. The victory gave the Avs a 3...
Via Hockey Fan Land
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL takeaways: Avs' MacKinnon cements star status in OT win

Two series in the Eastern Conference are complete after Boston knocked out Detroit on Saturday, setting up a classic showdown with longtime rival Montreal. No such luxuries exist in the deeper Western Conference. The Los Angeles Kings made sure of that, winning a second straight game to improve Western Conference road teams to 3-17 this postseason. Whichever teams comes out of...
Via Fox Sports Arizona
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan MacKinnon lifts Avalanche over Wild in OT.

DENVER, Colo. — The Colorado Avalanche are not only playing great hockey, they are getting lucky too. The Avalanche benefited from some last minute heroics for the second time in their First Round series against the Minnesota Wild, pulling off a 4-3 overtime win at Pepsi Center on Saturday. PA Parenteau tied the game with 1:14 to play in regulation with goaltender Semyon Varlamov...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Avs rally again, win Game 5 in OT over Wild with Nathan MacKinnon goal

The...chips...were on the table for the Avalanche in overtime Saturday night. Nathan MacKinnon swept them all into the pot with the winner. Doesn't he know the legal gambling age in Colorado is 21? The 18-year old rookie's shot past Minnesota Wild goalie Darcy Kuemper at 3:27 won another overtime thriller for the Avs, who took a 4-3 decision. The victory gave the Avs a 3...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild's Game 5 overtime loss has familiar ending

There was just too much deja vu for the Minnesota Wild in Colorado on Saturday night. Minnesota will return home facing an elimination game at Xcel Energy Center on Monday night for Game 6 after the Colorado Avalanche scored a goal with 1 minute, 14 seconds left in regulation after pulling their goalie and added an overtime winner by teenager Nathan MacKinnon 3:27 into overtime....
Via Fox Sports North
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Nathan MacKinnon Scores OT Winner To Give Avalanche 3-2 Series Lead Over Wild

Colorado Avalanche 18-year-old phenom Nathan MacKinnon put a quick shot past Minnesota Wild goaltender Darcy Kuemper three minutes and 27 seconds into overtime, to give the Avs a 4-3 victory, and a 3-2 series lead over the Wild in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. MacKinnon, the first overall selection in the 2013 NHL Draft, now has two goals and 10 points in his first NHL playoff...
Via Next Impulse Sports
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

MacKinnon, Colorado deal Wild crushing defeat in overtime

DENVER -- Nathan MacKinnon scored 3:27 into overtime after P.A. Parenteau tied the game late in regulation, helping the Colorado Avalanche rally for a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night and a 3-2 lead in the first-round series. MacKinnon poked the puck past Darcy Kuemper's glove with two defenders all over him. The rookie also had two assists. Parenteau scored...
Via Fox Sports North
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss
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