NHL Rumors: Bruins, Canadiens, Avalanche, Caps, Oilers, More

NHL Rumors: Bruins, Canadiens, Avalanche, Caps, Oilers, More

October 27th, 2020 In today's NHL rumor rundown, one scribe wonders if the Boston Bruins could be revisiting the idea of trading forward Jake DeBrusk? In Montreal, with all the offseason moves the team made, are there players on the roster whose roles will go down and as such, could become trade pieces? Now that the...
NHL Players Set to Have Bounce Back 2020-21 Seasons in New Cities

NHL Players Set to Have Bounce Back 2020-21 Seasons in New Cities

October 26th, 2020 This NHL offseason has been unorthodox compared to previous ones. Not only did free agency open later than expected, but the flat cap has decreased the market value of many UFAs. These unique circumstances have made this free agency period more entertaining and with many significant moves being...
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October 20th, 2020
Avalanche Prospects

The 2020 NHL Draft was one for the ages, and that's putting it lightly. The Colorado Avalanche walked out of the draft with a rather light crop of new prospects, but that just makes the day all the more special for the players they picked. Prospects are typically used to making a weekend out of the NHL Draft. Travel to the city with your family, enter a packed arena with every team setting up camp on the main floor, and wait to hear your name called. Then, if you're one of the lucky ones that hears their name, make your way down to the stage, pose with your new team, meet with a herd of reporters, and maybe do a photoshoot. Related: Top 10 Russians in the NHL Today Of course, none of that happened this year. Prospects gathered with their families at home, tuned into the draft via webcam, and did virtual interviews. Now, having said that, the draft is the most important day of most of these young players' lives so far, and if you hear your name called, you generally don't...
October 17th, 2020
Avalanche History

The Colorado Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques hit home runs on some of their drafts, particularly in the first round. However, not every draft turned into a pot o’ gold. In fact, the franchise managed a few stinkers, regardless of location. Here are the five worst drafts ever in franchise history. Buckle up, because this depth of bad is rarely seen. Related: Origins of Every NHL Team - Western Conference For purposes of transparency, the rankings take into consideration the number of players who played more than 100 NHL games, the number of selections who had an NHL career, and the number of picks. 100 games seemed a reasonable threshold as it means a skater played in more than one season, showing enough talent to be considered a promising prospect. Since players in recent draft classes may still be developing, the analysis covered the seasons from 1985 until 2016. 53 percent of the Nordiques’ draftees laced up their skates at least once for an NHL game, as 97 of their 183...
October 17th, 2020
Avalanche History

Some of the greatest players in National Hockey League history had big moments on this date. The records for the most wins by a goaltender and points by a defenseman were both broken and the first European-born player to score 500 goals hit his milestone. Roy Sets All-Time Wins Mark Patrick Roy made 27 saves, on Oct. 17, 2000, to lead the Colorado Avalanche over the Washington Capitals 4-3. The victory was Roy’s 446th of his career, putting him ahead of Terry Sawchuk for the most regular-season wins in NHL history. Roy retired in 2003 with 551 career wins. His record lasted until March of 2009 when Martin Brodeur earned his 552nd victory, on his way to finishing his career with 691. To put things in perspective, over the past 20 years, Sawchuck has since fallen to eighth on the all-time wins list. Coffey Brews the Most Points On Oct. 17, 1991, Paul Coffey picked up a pair of assists in the Pittsburgh Penguins’...
October 16th, 2020
Avalanche Prospects

The 2020 NHL Entry Draft saw 216 young men selected to possibly play in the NHL some time down the road. Some we may see as early as this coming season; some may never hit the ice in an NHL jersey. Shortly after the draft, I had the opportunity to speak by telephone with the University of Notre Dame freshman Ryder Rolston, who was picked in the fifth round. His name was called at #139 by the Colorado Avalanche. 2020 NHL Entry Draft logo (Courtesy Wikimedia) The Interview The Hockey Writers: What one word best describes how it feels to be drafted into the NHL?Ryder Rolston: Speechless THW: Were you watching the draft?RR: Yeah, with my Mom, Dad (former NHL standout Brian Rolston, a 1991 first-round pick by the New Jersey Devils), and my three brothers. We watched both days. Ryder Rolston of the Waterloo Blackhawks (Hickling Images) THW: Did you keep watching after your name was called?RR: Yes. THW: How did it feel to be drafted by...