August 20th, 2015 In Colorado Avalanche 0 comments

When the free agency period opened on July 1 the Colorado Avalanche took care of all of their business in about 45 minutes.  First they signed veteran defenceman Francois Beauchemin followed by depth veteran depth forward Blake Comeau. While the signing of Beauchemin was expected, it was the signing of Comeau that was not as common place to...

August 18th, 2015 In Avalanche Transactions, Colorado Avalanche 0 comments

In the 116 days from the 2015 NHL trade deadline to the first round of the 2015 NHL draft, the Colorado Avalanche cut ties with four players.  All were ranked in the top 16 of the team's point production last season. Two of these players were involved in trades with eastern conference teams and two veterans were not offered contract extensions...

August 17th, 2015 In Colorado Avalanche, Flyers History, News, Philadelphia Flyers, Top Stories 0 comments

In an article at LaDroit, veteran forward Daniel Briere has announced his retirement from hockey. The article, written in French, begins, "I played my last game in the National Hockey League. The time has come for me to announce my retirement." He continues (via Google Translate): It's really not a decision that is taken lightly. I thought...

August 6th, 2015 In Avalanche Transactions, Colorado Avalanche 0 comments

On Thursday, the Colorado Avalanche announced a one year contract extension for 23 year old goaltender Calvin Pickard. Pickard experienced his first NHL action during the 2014-2015 season when he played a total of 16 games. Starting goalie Semyon Varlamov missed action during the season with an injured groin which made normal back-up goalie...

August 6th, 2015 In Avalanche Goaltending, Avalanche Prospects, Avalanche Transactions, Colorado Avalanche, News 0 comments

The Colorado Avalanche have signed goaltender Calvin Pickard to a one-year contract extension, the team announced on Thursday. Details on the contract were not made available by the team and were not initially reported by any outlet. Calvin "Captain" (probably, I hope) Pickard made his NHL debut last season, playing in 16 games with a 6-7-3...

August 2nd, 2015 In Colorado Avalanche 0 comments

The 2014-2015 Colorado Avalanche learned the hard way that a rough start to the season can result in a short season and the same mistake has to be avoided to start this season. To start the 2014-2015 season the Avalanche only won three games during the month of October. The first win was a buzzer beater winner scored against the Boston...

July 30th, 2015 In Colorado Avalanche 0 comments

It's been a good summer in the Mile High City. General Manager Joe Sakic has done just about everything he needed to do to improve the Avalanche. Sakic has addressed team needs in multiple areas, from defense to the salary cap. The big trade he pulled at the NHL draft, in particular, was a big step in the right direction. And while it's likely...

July 28th, 2015 In Advanced Stats, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche 0 comments

With the rise of the influence of the analytics community over the landscape of hockey, many new statistics have come to the forefront of forward-thinking analysis. One of those stats, known as PDO, was created with the primary goal of quantifying how lucky or unlucky a given team or player has been. The statistic is largely used only with...

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