Avalanche Sign J.T. Compher to 4-Year Deal

Avalanche Sign J.T. Compher to 4-Year Deal

July 17th, 2019 DENVER — J.T. Compher has signed a four-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche that runs through the 2022-23 season. The 24-year-old forward had 16 goals and 16 assists for Colorado last season. He added four goals and two assists in a dozen playoff...
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,...

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June 28th, 2019
Washington Capitals

The Washington Capitals have traded Andre Burakovsky to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a second and third-round pick in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft and pending unrestricted free agent forward Scott Kosmachuk. The third-round pick sent in this trade was originally owned by the Arizona Coyotes. https://twitter.com/Capitals/status/1144683387136991237 This trade makes a lot of sense for both the Capitals and the Avalanche. While both teams are contenders in the NHL, Burakovsky just never found his footing in Washington despite being a very talented winger with size and skill. This trade wasn't something the Capitals necessarily wanted, but due to Buravkosky requesting the trade, general manager Brian MacLellan obliged and got good value in return. At 6 foot 3 and 201 pounds, Burakovsky has always appeared to be one season away from breaking out in a big way. He performed incredibly well for the Erie Otters in his lone OHL season in 2013-14, scoring 41 goals and 87...
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...