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Video- Season Preview For The Colorado Avalanche

from Rick Sadowski at NHL.com,

The Colorado Avalanche want to put themselves in the best position to compete for the Stanley Cup this season. That makes earning home-ice advantage in the Stanley Cup Playoffs an important goal after qualifying each of the past two seasons as the second wild card from the Western Conference.

"Playoffs [are] the priority," Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said. "Try in the regular season to get home-ice advantage. Our goal is to win the Stanley Cup, that's the end game. We want to be better and be more consistent during the regular season."

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Samuel Girard Signs A Seven-Year Extension With The Colorado Avalanche

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed defenseman Samuel Girard to a seven-year contract extension through the 2026-27 season.

\Girard, 21, appeared in all 82 games for the Avalanche this past season, extending his ironman streak to 150 consecutive regular-season contests (longest active streak on the team).  He finished second among Colorado defensemen with 27 points (4g/23a), surpassing his rookie season total (23) from 2017-18.  The Roberval, Quebec, native finished sixth on the club in average ice time (19:53) and third in even-strength ice time (17:44).  He added two assists (0g/2a) in nine playoff contests.

Selected by Nashville in the second round (47th overall) of the 2016 NHL Draft, Girard was acquired by Colorado from Nashville as part of a three-team deal with Ottawa on Nov. 5, 2017.

“Samuel has been one of our best all-around defensemen since joining the Avalanche,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “He plays important minutes and is someone our coaches count on to play against other teams’ top lines.  He has an exceptional ability to skate and move the puck.  As a member of our core, we felt it was important to sign him to a long-term deal and we are excited to announce this extension.”


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Who Said It?

“I never got the feeling it was personal against me, and in fact Gary Bettman told me a number of times that he knew that the decision had come down from Dave and ownership and that he had no problem with me.

“Those rumors about Gary blackballing me from the league because of Sakic weren’t true. But there was a lot of resentment against the Rangers. I don’t regret what I did, I gave them my best advice that it wouldn’t work, but I regret that ownership made us do that.”

-Who said it? An interesting read.

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A Four-Year Deal For J.T. Compher In Denver

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward J.T. Compher to a four-year contract through the 2022-23 season.

Compher, 24, finished fifth on the Avalanche with 16 goals and tied for the team lead with three shorthanded tallies in 66 games during the 2018-19 campaign.  His 16 goals, 16 assists and 32 points all surpassed his rookie season totals from 2017-18.  The Northbrook, Illinois, native was one of eight NHL players with at least three shorthanded, power-play and game-winning goals in 2018-19, joining Sebastian Aho, Cam Atkinson, Patrice Bergeron, Blake Coleman, Leon Draisaitl, Brad Marchand and Brandon Saad.  Compher was the first Avalanche player to accomplish that feat (at least three SHG, PPG and GWG in a season) since Joe Sakic in 2000-01.

Compher added six points (4g/2a) in 12 playoff games, with his four goals tying for third on the team.  He set a playoff career high with two goals and three points in Game 6 of Colorado’s second-round series against San Jose on May 6, becoming the first Avalanche player to record three or more points in an elimination game since Alex Tanguay in Game 7 of the 2001 Stanley Cup Final.  The 6-foot, 193-pound forward finished with two goals and three points during the first round series against Calgary, with both tallies coming in the third period of overtime victories (Games 2 and 4).

“J.T. has been one of our most versatile forwards over the past two years,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “He plays on our power play, kills penalties and has played up and down our lineup.  He has scored some big goals late in games and we are counting on him to have an even more expanded role moving forward.  We are excited to have him under contract for the next four seasons.”


Numerous reports is the AAV is $3.5M

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Colorada Avalanche Sign Andre Burakovsky To A One-Year Deal

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Andre Burakovsky to a one-year contract for the upcoming 2019-20 season. Colorado acquired the 24-year-old winger in a trade with the Washington Capitals on June 28.

Burakovsky appeared in 76 games for the Capitals this past season, tallying 25 points (12g/13a).  He helped Washington capture its first Stanley Cup championship in 2017-18, returning to the lineup after missing the first two rounds and recording six points (2g/4a) in 13 postseason games.

Selected by the Capitals in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Burakovsky has tallied 145 points (62g/83a) in 328 career regular-season NHL games for Washington.  He has also dressed in 56 career playoff games, totaling 18 points (9g/9a). The 6-foot-3, 201-pound left wing recorded NHL career highs in goals (17) and points (38) during the 2015-16 season and notched a career-high 23 assists during the 2016-17 campaign.

“We are excited to be adding a big, fast, skilled winger like Andre,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic at the time of the trade.  “He already has a lot of NHL experience at a young age and is a Stanley Cup winner who has performed well in the playoffs.  At just 24 he is entering the prime years of his career and we feel with an added role, he will be a great addition to our team.”

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A Two-Year Extension For Jared Bednar In Colorado

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has signed head coach Jared Bednar to a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2021-22 season.

Bednar completed his third season as Colorado’s head coach in 2018-19, leading the Avalanche to its second straight playoff berth, the first Avs team to make back-to-back postseason appearances in 13 years.  The Avalanche defeated Calgary—the Western Conference’s top team during the regular season—in  five games during the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the club’s first postseason series win since 2008.

“Jared has done a tremendous job behind the bench and has earned the opportunity to continue leading this team,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “He is an outstanding coach who has the full trust of his players, coaches and staff.  He has guided this franchise to two straight playoff appearances and we are excited with what this group can do moving forward.”

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Morning Line- Nazem Kadri

"I feel like I'm having a great summer so far and I'm feeling really the best I ever have working for redemption next season. I feel strong, I feel great and I strongly believe that my best years are yet to come. I think Colorado's a nice step for me.

-Nazem Kadri of the Colorado Avalanche.  Rick Sadowski at NHL.com has more on Kadri.

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The Colorado/Toronto Trade From Both Sides

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Tyson Barrie helped the Avalanche realize that he was a hot commodity, that the NHL was moving to defensemen like him.

Size no longer mattered, and pushing the pace with a one-man breakout became a thing. Barrie’s ability to attack was much more important than his ability to defend.

But suddenly — and partly thanks to the 2017 trade of Matt Duchene to Ottawa — the Avs found themselves with a handful of Barries in teenagers Sam Girard, Cale Makar and Bo Byram. Girard, now 21, and Byram, 18, were indirectly acquired from the Duchene deal, and in 2017 the Avs realized you have to draft elite defensemen in the first round, and they selected Makar No. 4 overall.

Makar’s addition during the playoffs in April made Barrie and his expiring 2020 $5.5 million contract expendable, and then the Avs drafted Byram with the fourth overall pick in the June 21 draft.

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

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Toronto/Colorado Trade

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Nazem Kadri, defenseman Calle Rosen and a third-round selection in the 2020 NHL Draft from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for defenseman Tyson Barrie, forward Alexander Kerfoot and a sixth-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft.

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Colorado Avalanche Announce Three Signings Today

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has agreed to terms with unrestricted free-agent forward Joonas Donskoi on a four-year contract through the 2022-23 season.

Donskoi, 27, completed his fourth NHL season with the San Jose Sharks in 2018-19, setting career highs in games (80), points (37), goals (14-tied), game-winning goals (4) and plus/minus rating (+10-tied).  He tied for third on the Sharks in plus/minus and tied for fourth in game-winning tallies.  The Raahe, Finland, native added three points (1g/2a) in 12 playoff games, which included scoring the winning goal in San Jose’s Game 7 victory over Colorado in the second round series (May 8).

“Joonas is a dependable player who plays 200 feet and uses his speed well in transition,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic.  “He is coming off his best NHL season and brings playoff experience to our lineup.  We are excited to have him under contract for the next four years.”

Two more below.

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