What Joe Sakic Means to the Avalanche

What Joe Sakic Means to the Avalanche

July 7th, 2020 There is no question Joe Sakic was a spectacular professional ice hockey player. His leadership on and off the ice drove the team to success. Although there have been some questions regarding choices made during his time in the Colorado Avalanche management roles, he’s proven worthy in all...
Today in Hockey History: July 7

Today in Hockey History: July 7

July 7th, 2020 July 7 is a very important date in National Hockey League history as a pair of signings made it easier for players from Europe to come over, forever changing the game. There were also a handful of coaching moves and the birth of a Hall of Famer who is beloved in the Mile High City. Devils Pave...

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June 30th, 2020
Avalanche History

One of the most dramatic sagas in National Hockey League history finally came to an end on this date in 1992. Also, a talented draft class entered the league, a new franchise got its first coach and a relocated one got its new identity. Lindros’ Fate Decided The Quebec Nordiques used the first overall pick of the 1991 NHL Entry Draft to select Eric Lindros, even though he publicly declared he did not want to play for the team. He was a man of his word and sat out the entire 1991-92 season.    Lindros was drafted first overall in 1991. (Photo by Bruce Bennett Studios/Getty Images) Just over a year later, on June 30, 1992, Lindros was officially traded to the Philadelphia Flyers. However, it took an arbitrator’s decision to finalize his landing spot. Both the Flyers and the New York Rangers made offers to the Nordiques at the 1992 NHL Entry Draft. The Flyers believed they had a deal in place when Quebec agreed to a trade with the Rangers for Tony Amonte, Alexei...
June 29th, 2020
Avalanche History

First-round draft picks are an opportunity for teams to transform their organization, especially when generational talents are on the line. Some players achieve or even surpass their potential while others never pan out. Between 2014 and 2018, the Colorado Avalanche have taken five players in the first round, and, of these, four are current NHL players. A deeper dive into these players’ profiles reveals how the Avalanche’s first-round draft picks have contributed to their recent success. Martin Kaut The Avalanche drafted Martin Kaut with the 16th-overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. A native of Brno, Czech Republic, he has only played two years in North America so far. He made his AHL debut for the Colorado Eagles during the 2018-19 season, netting 12 goals and 14 assists in 63 games — a solid season for the 19-year-old forward. Related: Who's Never Picked #1 in the Draft? For the 2019-20 season, Kaut began and played the majority of the year there. In 34 games he...
June 20th, 2020
Colorado Avalanche

Since 2013, seven NHL players have scored at least 100 points in the regular season: Sidney Crosby (2013-14, 2018-19), Patrick Kane (2015-16, 2018-19), Connor McDavid (2016-17, 2017-18, 2018-19), Claude Giroux (2017-18), Nikita Kucherov (2017-18, 2018-19), Leon Draisaitl (2018-19, 2019-20), and Brad Marchand (2018-19). One NHL superstar, perhaps the most electrifying player in the game, is not on this list — Nathan MacKinnon. In his seven-season NHL career, the 2013 first-overall pick has yet to accomplish the milestone. Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche (Amy Irvin / The Hockey Writers) MacKinnon has produced at an alarming rate since his NHL debut. He has 495 points in 525 games, ranking 12th among players since 2013. His .94 points per game (P/PG) rank 10th among players with at least 500 games played, a testament to his consistency and durability. Nevertheless, he has not reached the three-digit point total in one season. But, if MacKinnon's recent seasons are any...
June 19th, 2020
Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche have an embarrassment of riches heading into the playoffs. The internal competition should be fierce as they prove to be the deepest club in the postseason. If everyone plays to their full potential, the Avs will have four legitimate scoring lines with quality two-way players.  Related: Two of the Cheapest NHL Trades Ever On March 11, the final day of the regular season, the Avalanche had 7 of their top 12 forwards sidelined with injury. Table 1 shows who was still out of the lineup at the end of the season, which precipitated the re-arrangement of all scoring lines and the call-up of several AHL players to fill in. Now that the roster is fully healthy and will expand from 23 to 28 players for the playoffs, only a few of those fill-ins will be needed. Table 1. Injured Avalanche players at end of 2019-20 regular season NameStatusInjury DateInjuryStatusAndre BurakovskySidelined2/29/2020Lower bodyDay-to-DayMatt CalvertI.L.3/2/2020Lower...