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At this weekend’s Rookie Showcase/Faceoff/Tournament (whatever you want to call it as it seems everyone has their own name for it), the Colorado Avalanche has an impressive five first-round picks in attendance. Two of them, Bowen Byram and Alex Newhook, are as close to NHL roster locks as you can get while playing for a team that has serious hopes…...

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The Avalanche rookies are in Arizona today to begin their participation in this year’s Rookie Tournament. Colorado plays three games in the next four days, beginning with an afternoon rumble against the Los Angeles Kings later today. In the past, the Avs have usually brought a small group of intriguing pro players and then predominantly long-term prospects and the typical…...

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The Avalanche kind of returns to the ice tomorrow as development camp opens up in the first official on-ice action of the preseason. With the offseason additions very likely finished, I wanted to start looking ahead at the roster and dig into some of the different angles to look at just what this year’s time might be looking like. To…...

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https://twitter.com/ltcpain75/status/1435389502290288644?s=20 Absolutely. I anticipate the Kadri we see this season will be extremely motivated. For one, he’s a pending unrestricted free agent, so there’s a lot for him to gain if he has a really strong season. Having played on a pretty team-friendly deal for the last handful of years, you know he’d like to cash in on what is…...

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We’re into mid-August now and as the Avalanche finished all of their needed business with the signing of Dennis Gilbert to a one-year contract to avoid arbitration, it’s a fair time to look back at the offseason on the whole before we delve into looking at next year full throttle. It was an interesting summer in Colorado as the Avs…...

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In a big-time “balls on the table” type of move, the Avalanche finished off the first day of the new NHL calendar year by trading for Arizona Coyotes goaltender Darcy Kuemper. The Avs tried to grind out a contract with Philipp Grubauer, who was coming off a career year, but couldn’t find the right middle ground as he left for…...

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Deadlines spur action, and both sides sure waited until the last second, but it’s done with. With a little over 20 minutes to spare, the Avs and Gabriel Landeskog came to an eight-year agreement totaling $56 million to keep the Captain of the team around for most of the next decade. The deadline where teams could offer their pending unrestricted…...

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The 2021 NHL Draft is in the books and the Colorado Avalanche selected four players throughout the process as they added to their prospect pool. Over the course of two days and 224 picks, the Avs found four players who fit the traits we’ve come to expect from the scouting department of the organization even though this was the first…...

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With the open of free agency looming in just a few days, the Colorado Avalanche took care of a huge piece of business as they found the common ground with star defenseman Cale Makar and signed him to a six-year, $54 million deal. The AAV on Makar’s deal comes out to $9M per year just one night after division rival…...

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The Colorado Avalanche escaped the Vegas expansion draft relatively unscathed, losing goaltender Calvin Pickard to the Golden Knights and improving at the position in the years after. That was not the case with this year’s round of expansion as the Seattle Kraken were set to take one of the $3M players on Colorado’s roster. Between Ryan Graves, J.T. Compher, and…...

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https://twitter.com/Gaspar5280/status/1416390682332188673?s=20 This one is pretty easy for me. The whole point of this league is to win a championship, right? Sure, you have to deal with some mediocrity for a little bit, but it’s very difficult to win in this league, and as a fan, to see a championship in your lifetime is something you never forget. Give me the…...

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In a move that comes following reports that the Avalanche and Gabriel Landeskog’s camp are far apart in contract negotiations, it is now expected that Landeskog, the Avs captain, will be left unprotected in the expansion draft. With the trading this week of Ryan Graves, it’s clear the three defensemen the Avs will protect in the expansion draft to be…...

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In the rare case of the rumor mill getting one right, the Avalanche announced tonight they had traded Ryan Graves to the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick and forward Mikhail Maltsev. The trade of Graves two days before the Avalanche must submit their protection list for next week’s expansion draft is an important move for…...

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Fun news day today in the NHL world, as the league really jumps into its offseason and gets going. We saw the Stanley Cup dented in a boat party in Tampa Bay, Montreal’s interim head coach get a three-year deal, Pekka Rinne retired, and here in Colorado Erik Johnson agreed to waive his No-Movement Clause in order to not be…...

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Even though the Stanley Cup was awarded a few days ago, today marks the unofficial beginning of the NHL offseason as the initial buyout window is now open for teams to begin making meaningful financial decisions. This year’s window is especially intriguing because the Seattle expansion draft looms in less than two weeks and we might see a number of…...

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