A lack of draft success on defense is costing the Avalanche

The construction of this Colorado Avalanche team began in 2006. That’s when the cornerstones of the new age Avs began being laid. But when you look at the foundation of Colorado’s current team you notice one glaring issue – an extreme lack of drafted and developed defensemen. Patrick Roy and the Avalanche kick off the 2015-16 campaign tonight against the Minnesota Wild at the...
Via Mile High Sports
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche 2015 opening night lineup versus 2014 lineup: How much has changed?

  When news broke yesterday that Patrick Roy would be going back to the well and putting defensemen Nate Guenin and Tyson Barrie on a pairing together, Twitter lit up with a reaction that was overwhelmingly negative. Let’s take a look:   Roy might just be testing things out in practice today. The idea of Guenin back with Barrie on opening night is horrifying, though. — The...
Via BSN Denver
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Don’t hit the panic button yet Avs fans

They have trouble scoring. They don’t have the confidence of the experts. And they’ve only won one game through five preseason contests so far. Still, there’s no reason to panic just yet if you’re a Colorado Avalanche fan. Consider the circumstances of the Avs’ 2-0 shutout loss to the Calgary Flames this past Tuesday. The Flames’ top-5 point-getters from last season...
Via Mile High Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche Roundtable: How will new overtime rules impact the Avalanche?

    The Avalanche have been the most successful shootout team in the NHL since its inception. Will they be equally dangerous in the 3-on-3 overtime?   Austin: The Avalanche are 63-35 since the NHL adopted the shootout, so they are going to have to be lights out in 3-on-3 hockey if they want to match that 64% all-time win rate. Despite the lofty standard, I believe they have...
Via BSN Denver
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Kings kill Avalanche with paper cuts, 2-1

  The Colorado Avalanche finished up their home slate of preseason games as the Los Angeles Kings came calling to the Pepsi Center Sunday night and walked out with a 2-1 shootout victory over the Avalanche. A game mostly dominated throughout by the Kings, the Avalanche would have been happy to steal the point had this been the regular season but preseason games are all about evaluation...
Via BSN Denver
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Colorado Avalanche on the verge of extending their best defender

One of the biggest reasons the Colorado Avalanche parted ways with Ryan O’Reilly this offseason was because they eventually needed to pay defensemen Erik Johnson and Tyson Barrie. Well, one of those guys is reportedly on the verge of getting his money. The Colorado Avalanche and Erik Johnson are closing in on a long term contract extension. — Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) September...
Via Mile High Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche Morning Skate Recap

  The Colorado Avalanche held their first morning skate today in preparation for their pre-season opener versus the Anaheim Ducks tonight at the Pepsi Center. The session was filled with a mixture of veterans and youngsters and the team focused on a handful of areas that were weaknesses last season. The longest focus was on special teams work, where Tyson Barrie, Nick Holden, Nikita...
Via BSN Denver
16 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 World Cup: Which Avalanche players could be going?

  As the World Cup schedules, groups and various management teams were recently announced, it’s time to take our first look at which players from the Avalanche could possibly represent their countries during next summer’s event. Team Canada Locks: None Bubble: Matt Duchene, F Duchene loves representing Team Canada and never turns down an opportunity to put the maple leaf on...
Via BSN Denver
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Nathan MacKinnon Will Score 30 Goals for the Avalanche Next Season

  The Colorado Avalanche haven’t had a 30-goal scorer in many moons. In fact, no player has hit the 30-goal milestone while playing in burgundy and blue since Joe Sakic and Milan Hejduk both broke the barrier in 2006-07. That season, Joe Sakic also reached 100 points, the last Avalanche player to hit triple digits in overall scoring. Scoring goals has gotten progressively harder...
Via BSN Denver
August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Francois Beachemin Signs With Avalanche

View image | gettyimages.com The Colorado Avalanche have made first (somewhat) significant signing of free agency.  They have signed Francois Beachemin to a 3 year deal with an AAV of about 4.5 million. Beachemin is a veteran defenseman who has spent the majority of his career with the Anaheim Ducks. Beachemin will provide some defensive effort, will score about 20 points, and...
Via TopSportsReport
July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Ryan O’Reilly Traded To The Buffalo Sabres

And just like that, it’s over. Ryan O’Reilly is reportedly being shipped to the Buffalo Sabres in a blockbuster deal, thus ending the saga between him and Avalanche management over the past couple of seasons. The recent acquisition of Carl Soderberg and hefty contract demands of O’Reilly seemed to make this result inevitable, and the Avalanche will move forward without their...
Via BSN Denver
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

A possible defensive target for Avs in second round

The NHL 2015 Entry Draft begins June 26 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The Colorado Avalanche holds six picks, including the No. 10 overall, and the team has its eyes set on improving the defender position; they need someone who can make an instant impact. Avs executive vice president and general manager Joe Sakic told the media last week during a conference call that...
Via Mile High Sports
June 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Avalanche listening to offers for Ryan O’Reilly, looking for help on D

The Colorado Avalanche are reportedly listening to offers for Ryan O’Reilly and they’re believed to be looking for help on defense. O’Reilly’s name has been involved in trade rumors for quite some time, but to date the Avalanche have retained their forward. That may now change due to the fact the Avs are reportedly moving on from Jan Hejda and Ryan Wilson and they’re looking...
Via Puck Drunk Love
June 14, 2015  |  Discuss

NHL Draft Prospect Profile: Travis Dermott

  Get to Know Travis Dermott: Date of Birth: 22nd December, 1996 Place of Birth: Newmarket, ON, Canada Ht: 5’11” Wt: 197 lbs Shoots: L Position: Defense Team: Erie Otters (OHL) In 2013-14, Travis Dermott was named Erie Otters Rookie of the Year. This was a sign of good things to come for the young defender, because both he and his chances at the NHL only improved from there...
Via BSN Denver
June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Duchene and fellow Avs already miss Ryan O’Reilly

As the Colorado Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly endure another grinding contract negotiation, it appears clear that some of O’Reilly’s teammates already miss No. 90. Fresh off an IIHF World Championships victory, Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie gathered Tuesday night to show off their new hardware and post a message to O’Reilly via Twitter. The Avs boys… We...
Via Mile High Sports
June 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Top 25 Avalanche Under 25: #5 Tyson Barrie

  At #5 in our Top 25 Avalanche Under 25 is Tyson Barrie, beating out fellow defenseman Chris Bigras at #6, as well as goaltender Calvin Pickard at #7 and forward Joey Hishon at #8. Who is Tyson Barrie? When Barrie was drafted in the third round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, expectations were tempered. Taken in the round before him was another defenseman of Barrie’s same ilk:...
Via BSN Denver
May 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Four Avs, team Canada earn World Championship gold

Team Canada – anchored by four members of the Colorado Avalanche – displayed their dominance over the hockey world by destroying the competition at the 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in the Czech Republic. Canada put the cherry on top of a perfect tournament with a 6-1 blowout win of Russia in the gold medal game on Sunday. The World Championship...
Via Mile High Sports
May 18, 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

Calgary Flames’ Offensive Depth Shines, Team Buries Colorado Avalanche 3-2

Markus Granlund #60 of the Calgary Flames skates against Tyson Barrie #4 of the Colorado Avalanche at Scotiabank Saddledome on March 23, 2015 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Mandatory Credit: Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images) The Calgary Flames took down the Colorado Avalanche 3-2 at the Scotiabank Saddledome on March 24th, giving themselves a much-needed cushion in the standings...
Via The Sports Journal
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Avs hold off the Flames for big win

Alex Tanguay and Tyson Barrie each provided two-point efforts and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Calgary Flames 3-2 in a tight matchup between teams battling for position in the Western Conference playoff race. Semyon Varlamov stayed scorching hot by stopping 29 shots in his fifth consecutive victory. The 26-year-old netminder has a 1.00 goals-against average with a .968 save percentage...
Via Mile High Sports
March 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Barrie's pair of goals leads Avalanche past Blackhawks

  Tyson Barrie had two goals and an assist, Gabriel Landeskog scored for the fifth straight game, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Friday night. Colorado used a pair of costly interference penalties on Chicago to win for just the third time in its last eight games. Brad Stuart added his second goal of the season when goaltender Corey Crawford badly misplayed...
Via AP on Fox
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Barrie leads Avalanche past Blackhawks 4-1

CHICAGO (AP) Tyson Barrie had two goals and an assist, Gabriel Landeskog scored for the fifth straight game, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-1 on Friday night. Colorado used a pair of costly interference penalties on Chicago to win for just the third time in its last eight games. Brad Stuart added his second goal of the season when goaltender Corey Crawford...
Via AP on Fox
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche: Winnipeg trade impact

The first major domino on the trade front in the NHL came tumbling down today, and the Colorado Avalanche were left on the outside looking in as their division rival, the Winnipeg Jets, bolstered their roster for a postseason run. Since the divisons were realigned a year ago, placing the Jets and Avalanche in the Central Division, the Avalanche have had struggled with Winnipeg,...
Via isportsweb.com
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Avs’ studs and duds of the week

The Colorado Avalanche played four games in the first week of February, but only managed to win one of them and earn just two out of eight available points. After making a miraculous comeback and beating the Dallas Stars in a shootout, the Avalanche were shutout in two straight game by the Detroit Red Wings and the Minnesota Wild before wrapping up their road trip with a 5-3 loss...
Via Mile High Sports
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Avalanche drop third straight

On the second night of a back-to-back set on the road, the Colorado Avalanche lost to the Winnipeg Jets 5-3 in a lackluster performance. Dustin Byfuglien led the way with three points (one goal, two assists) in the winning effort. By failing to convert on three power play chances, the Avalanche (22-21-11) extended their drought to 28 straight power plays without a goal. The loss...
Via Mile High Sports
February 09, 2015  |  Discuss
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