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Capitals Trade Grubauer and Orpik to Avalanche

Capitals Trade Grubauer and Orpik to Avalanche

June 22nd, 2018 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...
4 Avalanche Thrive at World Championship

4 Avalanche Thrive at World Championship

May 22nd, 2018 The Colorado Avalanche's season may have been finished with the 4-2 series defeat against the Nashville Predators in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but that did not mean it was the end of the hockey season for four of their players. For Tyson Jost, Mikko Rantanen, Sven Andrighetto,...

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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...
March 2nd, 2018
Long Read

After moving to the Colorado Avalanche this summer, Andrei Mironov decided to get back to Russia after being disappointed with playing in the AHL. In this translated interview, originally appearing on the popular Russian site Sovsport.ru, Andrei Mironov explained the reasons for his return to home. * You can enjoy the original Sovsport.ru article by Pavel Lysenkov following this link * Pavel Lysenkov: How are you? How's your career developing? Andrei Mironov: Good question. I may write a "War and Peace"-like book about it. I took a very important decision. Andrei Mironov Not Happy With AHL PL: Maybe you weren't given a chance? AM: I was promoted. I practiced with the team and stayed alone after the practices. I was even practicing during games, running on a stationary bike. I was always in good shape, but the team didn't see me in the roster or the coach didn't like me. PL: Why? AM: Because of my game or my style. Hard to say. I have been called up to the NHL...
February 26th, 2018
Trades Contracts and Transactions

A few players were claimed off of waivers Monday. The Philadelphia Flyers claimed veteran defender Johnny Oduya, the Calgary Flames claimed forward Chris Stewart and the Colorado Avalanche claimed defenseman Mark Alt. While many teams are making trades to bolster their clubs or acquire assets ahead of the 2018 NHL Trade Deadline, the waiver wire is an interesting way for playoff teams to try and make an addition for a playoff run. All three teams who made a waiver claim are deep in a playoff race with the Flyers sitting in second-place in the ultra-competitive Metropolitan Division, the Calgary Flames sitting in a Wildcard spot in the Western Conference and the Colorado Avalanche sitting just four points behind the Flames with two games in-hand. Flyers Making a Swap Though the Flyers lost Alt to the Avalanche on waivers, they acquired Oduya from the Ottawa Senators in the process. In the end, it was a one-for-one swap for Philadelphia as they deemed the 36-year-old Oduya, a...
February 6th, 2018
Colorado Avalanche

After winning ten straight, the Colorado Avalanche have come back down to Earth. They've lost four of their last five games and Nathan MacKinnon for 2-4 weeks with a shoulder injury. In MacKinnon's absence, the Avs returned from the All-Star break to grind out an overtime victory over the struggling Edmonton Oilers but generated no offense in a lackluster 3-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. The key difference between the winning streak Avalanche and the back-to-Earth Avalanche? The loss of MacKinnon's shot volume. Looking at the upcoming schedule, Colorado has a golden opportunity to create a gap in the Western Conference wild card race; only three of the next 12 games will be against teams in a playoff spot, including two very winnable road games against the Buffalo Sabres and Vancouver Canucks. The timing couldn't be better. MacKinnon is set to return near the end of this run and, along with a now-healthy Semyon Varlamov, could help the Avs lock up a playoff spot. To...

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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

4 Avalanche Thrive at World Championship

The Colorado Avalanche's season may have been finished with the 4-2 series defeat against the Nashville Predators in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but that did not mean it was the end of the hockey season for four of their players. For Tyson Jost, Mikko Rantanen, Sven Andrighetto,... May 22nd, 2018

Avalanche's Season Pummeled Expectations

The Colorado Avalanche roared back into hockey relevancy this past season, pummeling all expectations. Did they advance past the first round of the playoffs? No. But at the start of the season, the majority of opinions indicated Colorado would be basement dwellers yet again. The Avalanche had... April 26th, 2018

Predators and Avs Special Teams Rocking

Game 2 between the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche was thrilling. There were huge hits, breakaway goals, and a daring late-game comeback. What's most interesting though, is that very little of the exciting events came at five on five. Rather, four on four and special teams dominated the... April 16th, 2018