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An Eight-Year Extension For Nathan MacKinnon

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Nathan MacKinnon to an eight-year contract extension starting in 2023-24 (runs through 2030-31).  He has one year left on his current deal signed on July 8, 2016.

The first overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, MacKinnon was a finalist for the Hart Trophy in three of the last five seasons (2017-18, 2018-19, 2020-21).  He won the 2020 Lady Byng Award and 2014 Calder Trophy and was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team in both 2017-18 and 2019-20.

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Video- Nathan MacKinnon Is Good

His top plays from the past season.


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The Stanley Cup At A London Mosque

Thought to be the first time the Cup has visited a mosque.

Nazem Kadri visited the London Muslim Mosque this morning,



added 12:56pm, video below.

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The Colorado Avalanche Need A 2nd Line Center

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post

My assessment: No matter how Avalanche management might be able to juggle its roster to create cap room, whether that involve trading J.T. Compher or Sam Girard, it would be foolish for the team to pay Kadri a penny more than $26 million over the course of four years to remain in Colorado....

With this new contract, I get why Kadri wants to earn top dollar, maximize the term of the deal and play for a legit championship contender. These 25 days have revealed it will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to check all three boxes on his wish list.

Kadri is certainly entitled to take all the time he wants to land the best possible deal, whether it’s with the New York Islanders, Calgary Flames or any other team in the league.

Colorado should operate on its own terms, rather than be beholden to outside market forces....

It’s also conceivable the Avs could look outside their organization for a veteran center.

Our old buddy Paul Stastny is patiently watching how the market shakes out, looking to sign with a contender to make one more run at the Cup. At age 36, Stastny is no longer the skater we fondly remember wearing a sweater for the University of Denver Pioneers or the Avalanche.

Stastny, however, is the same great team-first guy he has always been. His 21 goals and 24 assists for Winnipeg last season indicate there’s still real skill in Stastny’s stick. On a one-year deal with the Avalanche somewhere between $1 million-$2 million, he could adapt to any role to compliment Compher and Newhook.

If Sakic and new general manager Chris McFarland are willing to play the long game, they might be able to pry Jonathan Toews away from the rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks sometime before the trade deadline this upcoming season.


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The Colorado Avalanche Will Be The Team To Beat

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

With or without second-line center Nazem Kadri, the Avalanche will again likely be the Stanley Cup favorite when NHL training camps begin in September.

The reigning champions, who are in the final stages of finalizing another star-studded roster, have thus far retained much more than they lost during free agency. They are poised to again be the powerhouse of the Western Conference. And if they can find the necessary cap money to keep Kadri, the league’s prized unsigned player, there will be absolutely no holes in the lineup.

Preventing power forward Valeri Nichushkin and shutdown defenseman Josh Manson from testing the UFA market were all-star moves. And locking up restricted free agent forward Artturi Lehkonen to a five-year contract was similarly as shrewd. Every championship team needs a special fourth line and Colorado prevented Darren Helm and Andrew Cogliano from signing elsewhere and losing two-thirds of that trio.

But defense wins championships. And with the Avs, they arguably have the best group of defensemen in the league. They again won’t have to have Patrick Roy in net to win the Stanley Cup. They can again hoist it with prototype backup goalie Pavel Francouz playing behind newcomer Alexandar Georgiev instead of Darcy Kuemper.


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Josh Manson Staying In Colorado

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Valeri Nichushkin Gets An Eight Year Deal With The Avs

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has re-signed forward Valeri Nichushkin to an eight-year contract through the 2029-30 season.

Nichushkin, 27, set career highs in goals (25), assists (27), points (52) and game-winning goals (5) in 2021-22. He ranked sixth on the team in goals and tied for third in game winners while pacing the club in shorthanded tallies (2). Nichuchskin averaged a career-high 19:02 of ice time per night and was +21 for the season, helping Colorado to a 44-12-6 with him in the lineup. After recording just three multi-goal games in his previous six seasons combined, Nichushkin had five multi-goal performances in 2021-22. He also had a seven-game point streak from April 9-22, the longest of his career.

In the 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Nichushkin recorded career highs with nine goals, six assists and 15 points, helping the Avalanche win the Stanley Cup. He ranked third among Avalanche skaters in goals, tied for fifth in points and his two game-winning markers were tied for second. Nichushkin averaged 20:16 of ice time per game in the postseason, ranking fifth on the team and third among Colorado forwards. He paced the Avs with four goals in the Stanley Cup Final and was tied for third with six points.

Since being signed by Colorado as a free agent on Aug. 19, 2019, Nichushkin has recorded 100 points (48g/52a) and a +56 rating, which ranks third among all Avalanche forwards over that span. In his three seasons with Colorado, Nichushkin’s four shorthanded tallies are the most by an Avalanche player, while his 238 hits rank second (Gabriel Landeskog, 261) among team forwards.

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Joe Sakic Is Now The President Of Hockey Operations For The Avalanche

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Executive Vice President/General Manager Joe Sakic has been named President of Hockey Operations, while Assistant General Manager Chris MacFarland has been named General Manager.

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A Three-Year Deal For Alexandar Georgiev In Colorado

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Alexandar Georgiev to a three-year contract through the 2024-25 season. The Avalanche acquired the netminder from the New York Rangers on Thursday in exchange for Colorado’s third-round and fifth-round selections in the 2022 NHL Draft and a third-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.

Georgiev, 26, posted a 15-10-2 record this past season, including an 8-1-0 run with two shutouts in his last nine starts of the campaign. He earned his 50th career win on Jan. 8 at Anaheim and finished the season with an .898 save percentage and 2.92 goals-against average.

Signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent on July 19, 2017, Georgiev is 58-48-11 with a 2.94 goals-against average, .908 save percentage and eight shutouts in 129 career games, all with the Rangers.

“When he was a starter, he played really well, and he wanted a bigger opportunity, and he’s got that opportunity,” Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic said Thursday night at the NHL Draft in Montreal. “He was looking forward to the challenge. What I like about it, he played in a big market. He was in New York. He can deal with a lot of that stuff. We’re excited for him.”


$3.4M AAV

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New York Rangers Trade Alexandar Georgiev To Colorado

added 12:57pm, NYR release is below.

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