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Cole Helps Solidify the Avalanche Blue Line

Cole Helps Solidify the Avalanche Blue Line

July 18th, 2018 The Colorado Avalanche acquired a surprisingly controversial contract during free agency – Ian Cole. Signed for three years at an annual average of $4.25 million, the 29-year-old left-shooting defenseman should be a solid addition to a Colorado team still developing their young defense. However,...
Avs Dev Camp Looks Sweet

Avs Dev Camp Looks Sweet

July 6th, 2018 For those needing an injection of quick energy after being in the summer season, look no further than the prospect depth unveiled in the Colorado Avalanche’s summer development camp. Avalanche Camp Showcased Deep Prospect Pool Despite the sweltering Colorado weather, the Avalanche brought their...

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April 12th, 2018
Nashville Predators

The first round of the playoffs is magical. Teams are generally healthy, stars can play 25 minutes a match, and there are between three or four games per night. It's a hockey fan's dream and while the number of games decreases, the intensity increases exponentially. The first round has some incredible matchups but the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche series might be a little dry. That doesn't mean it's not worth watching though. It all starts on Thursday night in Nashville and continues every other day. Here's a preview of how these teams match up. Before we get into who will be making an impact on the ice, let's talk about who will be on the sidelines. Injuries for Both Teams The Avalanche will be missing two key members of their team during the first round, Erik Johnson and Semyon Varlamov. Johnson has grown into the workhorse defenseman that the St. Louis Blues saw in him when they drafted him in 2006. He had 25 points in 62 games this season and is great at...
April 7th, 2018
Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche enter tonight’s final regular season game against the St. Louis Blues fighting for a playoff spot. If the Avalanche find a way to win to win in regulation, they will move onto the postseason to face the Nashville Predators. If the game goes into overtime, the St. Louis Blues will advance to the postseason. While the postseason implications are fairly straightforward, the real questions surround which Colorado Avalanche team will show up tonight and what are the keys to the game’s outcome? Which Nathan MacKinnon Will Play Tonight? On the surface, the question seems almost heretical. MacKinnon ranks 5th among all NHL scorers, having racked up 95 points in at least five fewer games than any of the players above him. His 11 game winning goals places him second in the NHL this year, one goal behind Brayden Point. MacKinnon currently averages 1.30 points per game, second only to Connor McDavid who owns a 1.31 points per game average. His name circles in...
March 23rd, 2018
Long Read

The Quebec Nordiques almost didn't exist. And depending on who you ask, maybe they shouldn't have existed at all. In fact, their story begins on the other side of the continent, under the considerably warmer skies of San Francisco, California. The Nordiques (roughly translated as the "Northerners" or "Northmen") were originally called the San Francisco Sea Hawks, under the ownership of Gary Davidson, the lawyer and businessman who co-founded and served as president of the World Hockey Association. However, in February of 1972, even the NHL was having issues winning over fans in the Bay Area with the Golden State Seals. At the last minute, Davidson's team was purchased by a Quebec-based group of businessmen -  Paul Racine, Jean Dacres, and Jean Lesage -  who moved the franchise to the city of Quebec; a city that had been clamoring for a professional hockey team since the old Bulldogs of the NHL in 1920. If it wasn't for these investors and the fortuitous lack of funding...
March 16th, 2018
Toronto Maple Leafs

While the Toronto Maple Leafs have only had four trades with the Colorado Avalanche in their 22-year existence, their dealings go back much further to a time when the Avs resided in Quebec as the Nordiques. At that time, the Leafs acquired a player that would play a major role in the franchise’s history and would eventually wear the ‘C’ for the team. But that wasn’t the most recent trade between the Leafs and Avalanche-Nordiques franchise. Related: Maple Leafs' Recent Business With the Blackhawks In fact, it was the fifth most recent deal between the two clubs and one that we’ll talk about a bit later. Welcoming Mr. Smith First off, however, we’ll start with a deal the two clubs made back on Feb. 21, 2016. It was then that the Leafs acquired forward Colin Smith and a 2016 fourth-round pick from the Avalanche in exchange for Shawn Matthias. Matthias had played 51 games for the Leafs with 17 points to show for it. But he was quickly moved to the Avs, where he played...

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Cole Helps Solidify the Avalanche Blue Line

The Colorado Avalanche acquired a surprisingly controversial contract during free agency – Ian Cole. Signed for three years at an annual average of $4.25 million, the 29-year-old left-shooting defenseman should be a solid addition to a Colorado team still developing their young defense. However,... July 18th, 2018

Avs Dev Camp Looks Sweet

For those needing an injection of quick energy after being in the summer season, look no further than the prospect depth unveiled in the Colorado Avalanche’s summer development camp. Avalanche Camp Showcased Deep Prospect Pool Despite the sweltering Colorado weather, the Avalanche brought their... July 6th, 2018

Worst Colorado Avalanche Trades

The Colorado Avalanche used to be known for a lot of things. Championship caliber hockey, fierce competition and, of course, a front office that could pull off some of the best and most unlikely trades possible. Acquiring the likes of Patrick Roy, Claude Lemieux, Rob Blake, Ray Bourque and others... June 25th, 2018

Capitals Trade Grubauer and Orpik to Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche have traded the 47th overall selection in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft to the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals in exchange for goaltender Philipp Grubauer and defender Brooks Orpik, the Capitals announced Friday. This deal came less than a half hour before the... June 22nd, 2018