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  • Avalanche sign F Ryan O'Reilly to 2-year deal, was about to do arbitration

    DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche have avoided arbitration with Ryan O'Reilly by signing the versatile forward to a two-year deal. O'Reilly led the team with a career-high 28 goals last season and won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to a player who best exemplifies gentlemanly conduct. He also had six game-winners as the...

  • Avalanche sign forward Ryan O'Reilly to 2-year deal

    DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche have avoided arbitration with Ryan O'Reilly by signing the versatile forward to a two-year deal. O'Reilly led the team with a career-high 28 goals last season and won the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, which is awarded to a player who best exemplifies gentlemanly conduct. He also had six game-winners as the...

  • Avs free agency: Colorado signs Jarome Iginla, loses Paul Stastny

    DENVER — Jarome Iginla felt a little more youthful on his 37th birthday even as he became the old man of the Colorado Avalanche. He's energized by the challenge of not only trying to keep up with the likes of speedy forward Nathan MacKinnon, who is half Iginla's age, but also of helping this rising squad take another step in its growth....

  • Avs get deeper at center, take Conner Bleackley in first round of NHL Draft

    Center probably is the deepest position on the Avalanche roster, but that did not stop the team from taking another one with its first pick in Friday night's first round of the NHL draft in Philadelphia. The Avs chose the captain of the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League: 6-foot-1, 196-pound Conner Bleackley. Bleackley, 18, scored...

  • Avs get Daniel Briere from Montreal for Parenteau, draft pick

    DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche have acquired veteran forward Daniel Briere from the Montreal Canadiens for right wing P.A. Parenteau and a fifth-round pick in next year's draft. Briere had 13 goals and 12 assists in 69 games last season. He also had three goals as Montreal advanced to the Eastern Conference final. Avalanche executive Joe...

  • Blog: Incoming Tigers goalie drafted by Red Wings

    Incoming Colorado College freshman Chase Perry had other things on his mind Saturday before he became the latest member of the Detroit Red Wings organization. He was getting ready for a cousin’s wedding when he received a text from his uncle, Chad Perry. “He said ‘Dude you got drafted by Detroit,’” said Perry, who was selected...

  • St. Louis Blues want Paul Stastky, Sakic and agent slated to meet Friday

    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Blues have reached out to Paul Stastny. To me, this is the biggest “threat” to the Avs in his possible departure. Stastny essentially grew up in St. Louis, still likes St. Louis, and the Blues are an excellent team that needs a good center. The fit seems perfect. I can report with...

  • MacKinnon, Roy win NHL Awards; Crosby named MVP

      Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby won his second Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player Tuesday night at the league's postseason awards ceremony in Las Vegas. Crosby also collected the Art Ross Trophy as the league scoring champion and the Ted Lindsay Award as the players' choice for the NHL's most outstanding player....

  • Former Avs Peter Forsberg, Rob Blake elected to Hockey Hall of Fame

    The Hockey Hall of Fame announced Monday that four individuals have been elected to its 2014 class in the "player category," including former Avalanche players Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake. Forsberg joined the NHL after playing five seasons in the Swedish Elite league. A first-round selection of the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1991 NHL draft,...

  • Avalanche off-season information barrage

    Think we might see something happen against Matt Cooke Oct. 9? If not that night, I’d bet something comes his way Oct. 11. The Avs will play Cooke and the Wild in their first two regular-season games, the NHL announced today. Read more from Denver Post. The Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee meets Monday to determine its pool for the...

  • Klee: Colorado Avalanche's future in able hands of Roy, Sakic

    DENVER — The Avs of 2013-14 were talented enough to win a playoff series or two. But they weren't ready. They weren't mature enough to fend off the gritty Wild, much less the Kings or Blackhawks and their years and years of playoff moxie. Patrick Roy tried to tell us as much, but we didn't listen. The giddiness of the moment overwhelmed...

  • Avs in running for awards after surprising season

    DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche could be wearing out the red carpet at the NHL awards show next week with all the players they have up for honors. Semyon Varlamov is in the running for top goalie, Nathan MacKinnon up for best rookie and Ryan O'Reilly a candidate for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct. Coach Patrick Roy also could be...

  • Avalanche sign Jamie McGinn to 2-year deal

    DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche signed left winger Jamie McGinn to a two-year deal Thursday. The 25-year McGinn had 19 goals and 19 assists in 79 games last season in helping the Avalanche tie a franchise record with 52 wins. He also had three game-winning goals. Avalanche executive Joe Sakic said McGinn "played an important role for...

  • LA Kings win the Cup on Martinez's double-OT goal

    LOS ANGELES — Alec Martinez scored 14:43 into the second overtime, and the Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years with a 3-2 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 5 on Friday night. Marian Gaborik scored a tying power-play goal with 12:04 left in regulation for the resilient Kings, who rallied from yet...

  • Stanley Cup playoffs providing a spotlight for Avs, Kings to meet in Colorado Springs

    The publicity for the first NHL exhibition game at The Broadmoor World Arena keeps taking care of itself. The Oct. 2 game between the Colorado Avalanche and the Los Angeles Kings was announced April 15, and two days later the Avs began a thrilling seven-game playoff series against Minnesota. Colorado was defeated in overtime in Game 7, but...

  • Avs' turnaround season ends with 1st-round loss

    DENVER — Ryan O'Reilly stared at the floor in front of his locker for quite some time after a Game 7 overtime loss to Minnesota. His skates were still laced. His uniform was still on. "We could've done a lot better," the Colorado Avalanche forward finally said. For now, it's just too soon for the Avs to think about all they've...

  • Klee: Avalanche season about discovery, not Game 7 defeat

    DENVER — This one will hurt, at least for a few weeks, at least until the big picture sharpens into focus. The Avs weren’t supposed to lose like this. Not these Avs. This is how they win, on a goal that steals the heart of their fans and punches the gut of their opponent. Instead, it was Minnesota winning, 5-4, late Wednesday in Game 7...

  • Wild beat Avs in OT in Game 7 to advance

    DENVER — Nino Niederreiter scored his second goal of the game 5:02 into overtime and Ilya Bryzgalov made a big save filling in for an injured Darcy Kuemper, leading the Minnesota Wild to a 5-4 win over the Colorado Avalanche in Game 7 on Wednesday night. It's the first playoff series win for the Wild since 2003. Mikko Koivu, Dany Heatley...

  • Ramsey: Avs should make every effort to retain Stastny

    DENVER - Pay the man. Keeping unrestricted free agent Paul Stastny in a Colorado Avalanche uniform will be massively expensive. The cost could approach $50 million over seven or eight seasons. No. 26 is worth it. Stastny again proved his worth with a laser-like third period goal that lifted the Avs to a (temporary) lead over the Minnesota...

  • Roy, Avs bracing for Game 7 with Wild

    DENVER — Patrick Roy was quite calm and even cracked a few jokes as his team went through a light workout. No signs of stress at all. Of course, the first-year Colorado Avalanche coach has been in a few pressure-packed Game 7 situations as a Hall of Fame goaltender — 13 to be exact. His players? Not as much experience. A dozen had never...

  • Klee: Avalanche needs a hockey hero in Game 7

    DENVER — As a teammate ribbed Nathan MacKinnon about his neon-orange sneakers in the Avs dressing room Tuesday, the term "hero" didn't spring to mind. Heroes could wear neon-orange sneakers, I suppose. There's no hero dress code. Let's remember, though, these guys are hockey heroes, not real-world heroes. The latter is reserved for...

  • Wild beat Avs 5-2, force deciding game 7 Wednesday in Colorado

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Zach Parise scored early and late on tipped shots, and the Minnesota Wild tacked on two empty-net goals for a 5-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche on Monday night that sent the first-round playoff series to a decisive Game 7. Parise and Mikko Koivu each had two assists. The teams will meet again in Denver on Wednesday...

  • Avalanche push Wild to elimination situation

    ST. PAUL, Minn. - Twice in the first five games, the Minnesota Wild have been less than 75 seconds away from a victory on the road that has been so rare in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs this year. Both times, the Colorado Avalanche got the tying goal late in regulation before winning in overtime, and the Wild have entered...

  • MacKinnon leads Avs to OT win over Wild

    DENVER — Nathan MacKinnon scored 3:27 into overtime after P.A. Parenteau tied the game late in regulation, helping the Colorado Avalanche rally for a 4-3 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night and a 3-2 lead in the first-round series. MacKinnon poked the puck past Darcy Kuemper's glove with two defenders all over him. The rookie also...

  • Ramsey: Avs fans are lackluster when team isn't winning

    DENVER - Jesse Ferner, 32, has waited his entire life for his beloved St. Louis Blues to rule the National Hockey League. Colorado Avalanche fans waited a few months for a Stanley Cup title. "I'm a little jealous," Ferner said, "but, you know, we'll have our time." Colorado hockey fans already enjoyed their time. Prior to the 1995-96...

  • Klee: Avalanche must win series the old-fashioned way

    DENVER - The Avalanche entered the final minute of their Game 4 loss on a power play. Boy, it sure would've been nice to have Tyson Barrie on the ice, eh? "You can't dwell on him not being there," forward Paul Stastny said. Time to stop dwelling, Avs. To capture Saturday's Game 5 at Pepsi Center and reclaim ownership of a 2-2 series against...

  • Avs try to regroup after Wild tie series at 2

    ENGLEWOOD — Patrick Roy has shown all sorts of patience with his youthful squad this season. That certainly won't waver now just because the Colorado Avalanche are in an offensive slump. "This is a learning process," the coach said Friday. "I'm not going to throw them under the bus because I'm their partner. Been with them all year long...

  • Wild even series at 2 with 2-1 win vs. Avs

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Charlie Coyle scored his third goal of the series for Minnesota, and the Wild dominated the Colorado Avalanche for the second straight game on their way to a 2-1 win Thursday night that evened the first-round matchup at two apiece. The Wild outshot the Avalanche a stunning 32-12, establishing a franchise record for fewest...

  • Avs' Semyon Verlamov named finalist for Vezina Trophy

    NEW YORK — Colorado's Semyon Varlamov, Tampa Bay's Ben Bishop, and Boston's Tuukka Rask are finalists for the Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL's top goalie. The voting for the award was conducted among the league's 30 general managers, and the finalists were announced Friday. The winner will be revealed at the NHL's awards banquet on June...

  • Suspended Matt Cooke apologizes for kneeing Avs' Tyson Barrie

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Wild left wing Matt Cooke has apologized for the knee-to-knee hit on Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. Cooke drew a seven-game suspension from the NHL for the hit that knocked Barrie out of action for 4-6 weeks. Cooke addressed reporters Thursday after taking part in the Wild's pre-game skate prior to...

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