Cap-Savvy Avalanche Must Stay Course with Rantanen

Cap-Savvy Avalanche Must Stay Course with Rantanen

July 17th, 2019 Despite appearances to the contrary, it actually isn’t that bad of a sign the Colorado Avalanche have yet to re-sign Mikko Rantanen. Rantanen Remains Top Priority Even with Andre Burakovsky just getting inked and the likes of Vladislav Kamenev and J.T. Compher remaining unsigned, Rantanen,...
Avalanche Sign Bednar to 2-Year Extension

Avalanche Sign Bednar to 2-Year Extension

July 9th, 2019 DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche agreed to a two-year contract extension with coach Jared Bednar after guiding the team to back-to-back playoff appearances. His contract runs through the 2021-22 season, the team announced Tuesday. Bednar is 103-116-27 i...

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June 25th, 2019
Avalanche Transactions

DENVER — The Arizona Coyotes have acquired forward Carl Soderberg from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenceman Kevin Connauton. Colorado also picks up a third-round selection in the 2020 draft, the team announced Tuesday. Soderberg is coming ...
June 24th, 2019
Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche enter free agency discussions at an interesting crossroads. They have only 13 starting players under contract and only 27 contracts signed of the 50 allowed. The rest of the players, both with the Avalanche and the Eagles, are either unrestricted free agents (UFAs) or restricted free agents (RFAs). It’s a crossroads moment and how the team handles those decisions could determine the Avalanche’s long-term success. With the NHL setting the salary cap limit at $81.5 million, a lot of teams are facing difficult decisions. The Avalanche have the most cap room of any NHL team. However, they also have the fewest starters signed. While the team has room to shop for a quality UFA forwards on July 1, they have a host of other decisions to make before then. UFA Starters The Avalanche have five starters who will become unrestricted free agents on July 1: Colin Wilson, Derick Brassard, Gabriel Bourque, Patrik Nemeth and Semyon Varlamov. Of those, only two...
June 23rd, 2019
Avalanche Prospects

The Colorado Avalanche entered the 2019 draft with two first-round picks and a total of eight selections overall. But the trick for the Avalanche – would they make good choices, particularly in the first round? Before diving into the selections, it’s important to remember the draft isn’t strictly science. While nearly 80 percent of the first rounders become NHL players, the odds drop quickly thereafter. 44 percent of second-round picks and 30 percent of third-rounders will become at least low-end players. After that, rounds four through seven fall fairly close to the 20 percent mark, with minimal differences between the rounds. Teams invest in amateur scouts to provide quality information for the draft. But there are always surprises. Consider it as much of an art as science, with a great deal of luck thrown in.   The Avalanche made a big splash in the first round and then went about stocking their pipeline with options down the road. Fourth Pick – Bowen...
June 21st, 2019
NHL Entry Draft

With the 4th Pick in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft, the Colorado Avalanche Have Selected Bowen Byram From the Vancouver Giants of the WHL. About Bowen Byram The top defender coming out of this year's draft class, Byram has the potential to be a legitimate No. 1 option for an NHL team when he eventually makes the jump to the league. Built in the mold of a modern-day NHL defender, Byram is 6 foot and 193 pounds and has the ability to shoot, pass and move the puck cleanly. He's also an accountable player in his own zone and uses his impressive vision, mobility and skating to make up for some mistakes as far as positioning goes. THW Prospect Profile Excerpt "Those who wondered if Byram would be an effective point producer have been silenced this season. He started the 2018-19 campaign off with a gold medal at the Hlinka Gretzky U18 Cup, collecting four points in five games. This season with the WHL’s Vancouver Giants, the alternate captain has put together a solid...