Schultz deal might complicate Avs’ talks with RFA Barrie

Defenseman Tyson Barrie might have been very happy when the news broke that Justin Schultz had agreed to a one-year, $3.657 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Barrie, who remains a restricted free agent, is in a similar position with the Colorado Avalanche in the sense that he’s an offensive defenseman who is coming off of his entry-level deal and is likely to end up with...
Via Pro Sports Daily
20 hours ago  |  Discuss


I've always maintained you need five years after a draft to get a true reading on how well a team performed in it. Even five years can sometimes fool you, but for the most part the players who are going to have NHL career are known to us. The 2009 draft just marked it's five year anniversary, and the winners are clear. The Colorado Avalanche: Drafting No. 3 overall means...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Sakic on RFA Barrie: ‘I’m confident he’ll be here’

The Colorado Avalanche are so close to having all their business wrapped up for the summer. The team has one restricted free agent left to re-sign in defenseman Tyson Barrie. At 23 years old, he’s got a bright future ahead of him and showed the Avs how vital he can be last season. According to Colorado’s president of hockey operations Joe Sakic, they’ll have Barrie back in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Kevin Hayes and Tyson Barrie contract situations

We’re nearly a month shy of full-fledged NHL training camps, and Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie is still unsigned … More on that below. Good to see the Avalanche return to DU’s Magness Arena for the Burgundy/White intrasquad scrimmage next month. No such thing as a bad seat at Magness Arena. Remember Kevin Hayes, the Boston College standout who ate the Denver Pioneers...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Avs ‘confident’ they’ll reach deal with Barrie, says Sakic

With the Ryan O’Reilly contract saga over, Colorado will now turn its attention to another key unsigned RFA — Tyson Barrie. Though to hear executive VP of hockey ops Joe Sakic explain it, Barrie’s negotiations should be smoother than O’Reilly’s. “I’m very confident we’ll get something done with Tyson,” Sakic said on Wednesday, per the Denver Post. Barrie, who...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Avs, O’Reilly avoid arbitration with deal

The dark days of the ongoing contract dispute between the Colorado Avalanche and 23-year-old forward Ryan O’Reilly have seemingly come to an end–for the time being–as both parties have agreed to terms on a two-year deal, according to Adrian Dater of The Denver Post. O'Reilly and Avs avoid arbitration! Two years, 5.8, 6.2. Happy days here again! — Adrian Dater (@adater...
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July 23, 2014  |  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
July 11, 2014  |  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 NHL.com.  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...
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June 30, 2014  |  1 Comment

NHL Releases 2014-15 Schedule

#490588433 / gettyimages.comToday, the National Hockey League released it's 2014-15 schedule. As soon as the NHL releases their television schedule, I will post some games of interest. Perusing the schedules, I found a few items of interest. My two favorite NHL teams, the Boston Bruins and the Minnesota Wild will meet on October 28, 2014, at the TD North Garden. They two teams...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche once again shopping Parenteau

The Colorado Avalanche are once again shopping talented right-winger P.A. Parenteau. The 6-foot, 190-pound forward is a speedy playmaker with good hands and vision. COL shopping winger P.A. Parenteau. Two years left on his deal at $4M per year. #TSN — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 16, 2014 Parenteau has two years remaining at $4 million each on his four-year deal with the...
Via Mile High Sports
June 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Stastny, Benoit should be offseason priorities for Avs

There’s less than a month until NHL free agency day and the Colorado Avalanche, like many teams across North America, have some important decisions to make regarding the future of the franchise. On the tail end of a rebuild, with light brightening at the end of a gloomy tunnel, the Avalanche must do two things in order to remain headed in the right direction. First, the club must...
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Cooke helps turn tables in Wild’s favor in his return

Matt Cooke is perhaps best known for his controversial hits, like the knee-on-knee hit on Colorado’s Tyson Barrie that resulted in him getting a seven-game suspension. He’s a man that used to get suspended more frequently and has repeatedly said that he has changed his game. There’s more to him than that though. In his return on Friday, Cooke stayed out of the sin bin while...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Cooke Ready For His Return

from Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times, Matt Cooke returns to the Minnesota Wild lineup for Friday’s Game 4 coming off his seventh suspension, the seven games he sat out for kneeing Colorado’s Tyson Barrie upping his career total to 32. But Cooke continued to insist he’s a changed man, and that the Barrie play was the exception, not the rule. “Although this...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Suspension over, Cooke ready ‘to get back out there’

Minnesota forward Matt Cooke has finished serving his seven-game suspension for kneeing Colorado’s Tyson Barrie in the opening playoff round, and is eligible to return to the Wild lineup for Game 4 of their series against Chicago. It’ll be very interesting to see if Wild head coach Mike Yeo opts to insert Cooke for Game 4, as the move would alter a lineup that yielded Minnesota’s...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Avs' to-do list taking shape

Changes will be made to the Avalanche's roster for coach Patrick Roy's second season with the team, but the changes probably will be subtle. Tinkering with the defensive corps will happen, but the forwards on the team now are likely to be the forwards you will watch next season. Starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov is a shoo-in to return, and Reto Berra is locked in for the...
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May 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Tyson Barrie Out, Suspension Coming For Matt Cooke?

As if the 1-0 overtime loss suffered in Game 3 wasn’t tough enough on the Colorado Avalanche, they lost one of their bright young stars on defense for the foreseeable future. Early in the second period, Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie was hit knee-on-knee by Minnesota Wild forward, and notorious troublemaker, Matt Cooke. As Barrie was starting up on the attack, Cooke went after...
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May 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Do Or Die for Avalanche in Game Seven

After an 82-game season that was nothing short of an unexpected whirlwind, the Colorado Avalanche battled their way to the top of the Central Division this year. They have since battled their way through six games of hard, physical hockey with the Minnesota Wild in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The tiebreaker game of the Western Conference Quarterfinals looms tomorrow...
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April 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Don Cherry calls Matt Cooke a "six-time loser"

Yesterday on CBC's Coaches Corner, Don Cherry was upset with the suspension handed out to Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke for kneeing Avalanche defensemen Tyson Barrie, who is now out for over a month. Cherry pointed out that the seven game suspension won't "cost [Cooke] a dime" while while it will "cost Colorado millions if they don't get past this...
Via Talk Hockey
April 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild’s Matt Cooke makes unwritten statement addressing 7-game suspension

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke spoke publicly for the first time on Thursday afternoon regarding the 7-game suspension he was assessed for his knee-to-knee hit on Tyson Barrie during Monday’s 1-0 win over the Colorado Avalanche. His statement read as follows (via Star Tribune): “First and foremost, I want to say that I’m disappointed and […] The post Wild’s Matt Cooke...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Cooke: Knee-To-Knee Hit On Tyson Barrie ‘Was Not My Intent’

Minnesota Wild winger Matt Cooke addressed the media Thursday for the first time since receiving a seven-game suspension for his knee-to-knee hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. “First and foremost, I want to say that I’m disappointed and sorry that Tyson Barrie can’t play for the Colorado Avalanche (Thursday night),” Cooke said. “I wish that he could. “It...
Via NESN.com
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild's Cooke: Injury to Avs' Barrie wasn't his 'intent'

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Matt Cooke returned to practice for the Minnesota Wild on Thursday, but the gritty forward won't be returning to the lineup anytime soon for Minnesota after being suspended seven games by the NHL. Cooke was back in Minnesota on Thursday morning after having an in-person hearing with the league in New York on Wednesday. Cooke was suspended seven games by the...
Via Fox Sports North
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Cooke didn't intend to injure Tyson Barrie, says he's changed

Matt Cooke was handed a seven-game suspension on Wednesday for his knee-to-knee hit that injured Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. On Thursday he gave a brief statement without taking questions. In the short statement to the media, Cooke explained that he's not the same player he was many years ago and it was not his intention to hurt Barrie.
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Patrick Roy Thinks Matt Cooke’s 7-Game Suspension ‘Wasn’t Enough’

The NHL meted out its punishment on Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke for his hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie, and Patrick Roy was not pleased with the result. #Avs Patrick Roy on his radio show @1043TheFan this morning about Matt Cooke 7 game suspension he said it is not enough. #WhyNotUs #9news— 9NEWS Sports Denver (@9NEWSSports) April 24, 2014 The Avs head...
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April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Playoff Observations -- Thursday (25th)

Just a few things that caught my eye: Flu-like symptoms? Is that the newest pseudonym for post-concussion syndrome? I'm asking you, Jimmy Howard ... or don't you remember getting hit in the head last game? Seven shots on net at the 14:39 mark of the third period. Do you think the Avs miss Tyson Barrie? Yikes. Dustin Brown got his first playoff point tonight...
Via Rotowire
April 24, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL suspends Wilds’ Matt Cooke seven games for kneeing

Minnesota Wild forward Matt Cooke has been suspended seven games for kneeing Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. If the suspension is not fully served during the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the remaining games will be served at the beginning of the 2014-15 regular season. Cooke was assessed a minor penalty for kneeing in the second period of the Wild’s First Round Stanley...
Via Sports-Glory
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss
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