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Avalanche Launch Into High Energy Training Camp

Avalanche Launch Into High Energy Training Camp

September 15th, 2018 The Colorado Avalanche launched into full training camp mode Friday. Rolling out a roster of 54 players, the skaters were split into two sessions. Coach Bednar Sets Direction Coach Bednar stated his goal was to teach his structure to everyone during the four days prior to the Avalanche’s first...
Trial by Fire Forged the Avalanche Core

Trial by Fire Forged the Avalanche Core

September 14th, 2018 The Colorado Avalanche core players faced a trial by fire two seasons ago, living through the worst season in franchise history, earning a meager 48 points. Instead of letting it take them out, the players found a way to channel their frustration, allowing it to refine them, so they entered the...

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August 22nd, 2018
Avalanche Prospects

The Colorado Avalanche made some significant moves over the summer. Some of the changes received a lot of notice, others not so much. Since rookie camp is on the horizon, now is a good time to get up to date on all the adjustments. Goodbye to Old Friends After a surprisingly good season, it’s hard to let some team members go. Many of them contributed substantially to the playoff push and earned a spot in fans' hearts. But the one constant in professional sports is change. So, for better or worse, here are the players who will no longer don the “A”: Jonathan Bernier – The goaltender made it clear he wanted to see what kind of offers he could attract on the open market even though the Avalanche tried to re-sign him. Losing the 30-year-old veteran goalie hurts the most, partly because of his destination. Bernier signed a three year, $9 million contract with, sigh, the Detroit Red Wings on the first day of free agency. Yikes. Blake Comeau – The longstanding linemate...
August 14th, 2018
Avalanche Goaltending

The Colorado Avalanche enter the new season hoping Mikko Rantanen can build on his sophomore success. In one of the more impressive –and under-reported - second-year performances in the NHL, Rantanen could be the team’s secret weapon. While the slow summer months lead to discussions about which stars will rise and fall and argue over the value of draft picks and upcoming rookies, many seem to have forgotten about Rantanen’s rise to powerhouse forward last year. Getting to Know the Finn Rantanen hails from Nousiainen, Finland (don’t ask me to pronounce it) and enters the upcoming season in the final year of his entry-level contract. At 21 years old, the giant of a right-wing stands at 6-foot-4 and weighs 211 pounds. While his stature could be considered intimidating, his goofy grin and quirky sense of humor have endeared him to the Avalanche fanbase. Mikko Rantanen entered the 2015 draft as the highest-rated European skater. The Avalanche chose him with the 10th overall...
August 4th, 2018
Avalanche Management

The Colorado Avalanche’s contract with Nathan MacKinnon should prove to be a steal of a deal whose value ensures the All-Star will play with a skilled team long into Colorado’s future. One might even say his contract puts money in the Avalanche's bank. What Makes MacKinnon’s Contract Important? MacKinnon epitomizes the player of the NHL future. He’s young – just 22-years-old – and he already has five years of NHL experience. He’s also growing into his position as the center on the Avalanche’s top line. He continues to develop his skillset, delivering on the hopes from his promising start. MacKinnon was the first selection in the 2013 draft and went on to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie the following year. Since then, despite the Avalanche’s tumultuous efforts to rebuild, MacKinnon has gone onto become a two-time All-Star and was named a finalist this past season for both the Ted Lindsay Award (for outstanding player) and the Hart Trophy (for...
July 28th, 2018
Avalanche Management

The Colorado Avalanche have embraced their namesake to clear away their old business model and shift their approach to the salary cap in order to build a new foundation for future success. While the free agent signings of Matt Calvert and Ian Cole raised a few questions, the Avalanche continued their more recent trend towards shorter-term deals avoiding aging veterans. While those who have followed the Avalanche may still be wrestling with post-traumatic stress from previous free agent acquisitions, history is not always an accurate predictor of future failure. Bad Contracts Left Scars The early stages of the Joe Sakic/Patrick Roy joint leadership era gave adequate reason for concern about signing aging players to stinky contracts. The trauma started with a bang during 2014 free agency when Colorado traded for 34-year-old defenseman Brad Stuart. Then, before playing a single game, the team extended him an additional two years at $3.6 million per year, on top of the year...

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3 Key Avalanche Roster Questions - Defense

The Colorado Avalanche face some interesting defensive questions this preseason. Banged up for large portions of last season, the Avalanche often looked like they were running the blue line by committee. Between injuries and the summer acquisition of veteran blueliner Ian Cole, three key questions... September 23rd, 2018

3 Key Avalanche Roster Questions - Forwards

As the Colorado Avalanche skate into the heart of their preseason matchups, some stories are moving to the forefront. Training camp laid the foundation for watching the player usage, but there are some key issues to be addressed before the regular season starts. The first piece in the three-part... September 22nd, 2018

Avalanche Launch Into High Energy Training Camp

The Colorado Avalanche launched into full training camp mode Friday. Rolling out a roster of 54 players, the skaters were split into two sessions. Coach Bednar Sets Direction Coach Bednar stated his goal was to teach his structure to everyone during the four days prior to the Avalanche’s first... September 15th, 2018

Trial by Fire Forged the Avalanche Core

The Colorado Avalanche core players faced a trial by fire two seasons ago, living through the worst season in franchise history, earning a meager 48 points. Instead of letting it take them out, the players found a way to channel their frustration, allowing it to refine them, so they entered the... September 14th, 2018