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Video- Good Landing Spots For Matt Duchene

Elliotte Friedman was on Prime Time Sports to discuss Matt Duchene, saying the Islanders or Penguins would be a fit for him.


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Nail Yakupov Signed By The Colorado Avalanche

added 12:37pm,

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Nail Yakupov to a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season.

Yakupov, 23, was the first overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2012 NHL Draft.   He has appeared in 292 career NHL games for the Oilers and St. Louis Blues, tallying 120 points (53g/67a).  The Nizhnekamsk, Russia, native skated in 40 games for the Blues this past season, collecting nine points (3g/6a).

“Nail is a young, skilled winger who will add depth to our lineup,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic.  “We look forward to seeing him at training camp.”

Yakupov made his NHL debut in 2012-13 and went on to lead all NHL rookies in goals (17) and points (31-tied) in 48 games during that shortened season.  He spent four years in Edmonton before being acquired by St. Louis prior to the 2016-17 campaign on Oct. 7.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound right wing played two seasons for the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League (2010-12).  In 2010-11, he won the Emms Family Award as the OHL’s top rookie and was also named the Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year after leading all first-year players with 101 points (49g/52a) in 65 games.

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Afternoon Line-Mike Chambers On The Colorado Avalanche

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Jonathan Bernier Signing Is Official In Colorado

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Jonathan Bernier to a one-year contract for the 2017-18 season.

Bernier, 28, appeared in 39 games for the Anaheim Ducks this past season, posting a 21-7-4 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.  The Laval, Quebec, native compiled a 12-1-2 record over his final 15 starts, with his 12 wins leading all NHL netminders from March 1 until the end of the season.  Bernier was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for March 6-12 after going 3-0-0 with one shutout, a 1.62 GAA and .948 SV% in three games.  He had a career-high scoreless streak of 125:41 during that stretch from March 7-12.  The 6-foot, 184-pound goaltender went on to appear in four playoff contests for the Ducks, including one start (1-2-0, 3.28 GAA).

“Jonathan is a proven NHL netminder who brings experience to our goaltending position,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “He is coming off a strong season with the Ducks, and we look forward to having him and Semyon Varlamov as our goalie tandem this season.”

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Colin Wilson Goes To Colorado

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Colorado Avalanche Will Buy Out Francois Beauchemin

via Ryan Boulding of ColoradAvalanche.com,

The Colorado Avalanche has opted to buy out the remaining term of defenseman Francois Beauchemin's contract.

Beauchemin had one year left on his three-year deal with the Avs, which he signed as a free agent on July 1, 2015.

Beauchemin played 163 games during the previous two seasons with the Avalanche, logging 52 points (13 goals, 39 assists) while providing a veteran presence on Colorado's blue line. He also served as an alternate captain of the squad for the 2016-17 campaign.

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Report- The Colorado Avalanche Have Interest In Kyle Dubas

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

...respected Toronto-based Sportsnet and NHL Network reporter Elliotte Friedman on Tuesday said that the Avalanche had asked for and received permission to speak with Maple Leafs assistant general manger Kyle Dubas, 30, about a job with the Colorado organization. Presumably that would involve something more than a parallel move for Dubas, with Sakic moving up in the Kroenke Sports hierarchy and-or a massaging of job titles in the hockey front office.

Team president Josh Kroenke three weeks ago said of Sakic: “Joe’s leash hasn’t changed at all. Nobody wants to get the Avalanche back to where they were, where we all expect them to be, more than Joe Sakic. We’re going to continue to give him every resource at his disposal and I’m going to help him in any ways he sees that I can. At the end of the day, Joe wants what’s best for the Colorado Avalanche. Whether that’s him in his current role or something else, it doesn’t matter. Joe Sakic is committed to making the Avalanche better.”

On Tuesday night, Avalanche vice president Jean Martineau said, “We will not comment on rumors.”

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Jim Montgomery Needs To Be Behind The Bench For The Colorado Avalanche

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

The man who should be the Avalanche’s next coach works a little more than six miles down the road from the NHL team’s arena in Denver. If general manager Joe Sakic lets Jim Montgomery get away, it will be a crying shame.

Montgomery knows how to build a winner. He has done it at the University of Denver. The Pioneers won the eighth national championship in school history earlier this month with a 3-2 victory against Minnesota Duluth. And the NHL has noticed.

The Florida Panthers have scheduled an interview with Montgomery. They would be smart to hire him. But Sakic, the former Avs star whose efforts as a front-office executive for the franchise has been an unmitigated hockey disaster, would be crazy to let Montgomery leave town.


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A Bad Home Year For The Colorado Avalanche

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche’s 2016-17 home schedule ended Thursday, and unsurprisingly given the toxic nature of the season, Colorado posted its worst home record ever in its 21 seasons in Denver.

Colorado’s 4-3 loss to Minnesota left the Avalanche with a 13-26-2 record for 28 points at home. The previous low in a full, non-lockout season was in 2010-11, when Colorado was 16-21-4, for 36 points.

Worse, the Avs loss meant will post the worst overall single-season record in the NHL since the Atlanta Thrashers went 14-57-7-4 for 39 points in 1999-2000. (The last two digits are for ties and overtime losses in the pre-shootout era. Games still could end in ties, but if either team scored in the five-minute overtime, it got a second point.)

The Thrashers, who went 9-26-3-3 for 24 points at home, had a pretty good excuse for that rotten record. They were an expansion franchise.


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3/26/97 Is A Date Detroit Hockey Fans Will Never Forget

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Has it really been 20 years since the Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche ignited one of the best rivalries — or feuds — in professional sports with a game on March 26 that will likely live in infamy?

“I have people all the time come up to me and say they were there,” Kris Draper said.

March 26, 1997.

You mention that date to Detroit sports fans of a certain age and they’ll tell you where they were when the Red Wings and Avalanche went after each other that evening, or what they were doing, or how they were going bonkers.

The entire evening can still produce endless goose bumps just thinking about it. The fights, the goals, the craziness of what was happening on the ice and in the stands — oh yes, and the fights.

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