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Nikita Zadorov Signs A Two-Year Extension With The Colorado Avalanche

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed defenseman Nikita Zadorov to a two-year contract through the 2018-19 season.

Zadorov, 22, appeared in 56 games for the Avalanche during the 2016-17 season and led the team with 153 hits despite missing the final 25 contests due to an ankle injury.  The 6-foot-5, 230-pound defenseman finished the campaign with 10 points (0g/10a) and played in his 100th NHL game on Nov. 6 at St. Louis.

“Zadorov is a big, young, physical defenseman who was starting to emerge as one of our top D before his injury last season,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic.  “He’s an important part of our blue line and we expect him to log big minutes this year.  We are excited to have him under contract.”

Selected by Buffalo in the first round (16th overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft, Zadorov was acquired by Colorado on June 26, 2015.  He has skated in 145 career NHL games with the Sabres and Avalanche, notching 28 points (4g/24a) and 140 penalty minutes. 

reports are $2.15M aav

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Trade Matt Duchene Now

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Duchene is a 5-foot-11, 195-pound manifestation of the most dysfunctional team in Denver sports. Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic made this mess.

But know what’s really messed up? The same as with many things related to operating a successful franchise, Sakic seems to have zero clue what to do about the festering Duchene situation.

Isn’t it obvious? Duchene must go. The relationship between Matty Ice and the Avs is so frosty it could send shivers down the spine of a whole army of White Walkers from “Game of Thrones.”

Truth be known, Duchene should have been gone in February, when the NHL trade deadline passed with him in a Colorado uniform. It’s no secret he expected to be dealt for desperately needed help on the blue line during the summer.

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Video- Matt Duchene On Being In Camp

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Milan Hejduk’s #23 Going To The Rafters In Colorado

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization will retire former Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk’s No. 23 jersey on Saturday, January 6, 2018.  Hejduk’s No. 23 will be raised to the Pepsi Center rafters prior to the game against the Minnesota Wild, which is now scheduled for a 7 p.m. puck drop.

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Will Mat Duchene Show Up For Colorado’s Training Camp?

from Adrian Dater of BSNDenver,

The 2,000-pound elephant in the room in all things Avs these days is the ongoing drama involving Duchene, who has yet to skate with any teammates this summer in Denver and whose agent, Pat Brisson, has been noncommittal about whether his client will report to training camp if he isn’t traded first.

“He’s under contract and I expect him to be here on the 14th,” Sakic told BSN Denver. “He doesn’t have to be here ’til the 14th. Not everybody always come to camp early. It’s not for me to (say), but I assume on the 14th, he’ll be here.”

And, what if he doesn’t?

“Well, I don’t have to worry about that right now,” Sakic said. “Training camp is Thursday. There’s nothing to think about right now. Training camp isn’t until the 14th and we expect everyone that’s signed to be there, like every other year.”

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Many Of The Avs Skated Today, But Not Matt Duchene

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Approximately 22 Avalanche players began their pre-training camp captain’s practices Tuesday but center Matt Duchene, who has been on the trade block throughout the summer, was among the few not in attendance.

Duchene, who attended a wedding in Vail on Saturday, was absent, along with center Nathan MacKinnon and defenseman Nikita Zadorov, the latter of whom is unsigned as a restricted free agent. Duchene and MacKinnon were alternate captains last season, when Colorado finished with a league-low 48 points.

Avs general manager Joe Sakic, who has confirmed he is taking offers for Duchene, recently signed college free-agent centers Dominic Toninato and Alex Kerfoot to bolster the position.

“I talked a little bit with Dutchy. He’s not here; that’s not a secret,” Avs left wing and team captain Gabe Landeskog said after leading the 90-minute practice. “But we’ll have to wait and see. As of right now, he’s a part of the Avalanche organization and we all expect him to be here when training camp starts. I don’t really know what else to tell you right now.”


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College UFA Alex Kerfoot Signing With The Colorado Avalanche

via TSN,

Harvard standout forward Alex Kerfoot will be joining the Colorado Avalanche, according to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger.

The 23-year-old will sign a two-year entry-level contract with the club after becoming a free agent last week when his rights with the New Jersey Devils expired.

TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger tweeted on Tuesday that Kerfoot drew interest from as many as 10 NHL teams, including the Canucks, Rangers, Islanders, Sharks and Avalanche.

Kerfoot - a native of West Vancouver - scored 16 goals and posted 45 points in 36 games with Harvard last season. He scored eight goals in both his freshman and sophomore seasons and posted four as a junior in 2015-16. He also tallied a career-high 30 assists in his junior year.


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The Colorado Avalanche Will Have An Affiliated AHL Team Joining Them In Colorado

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche will announce an upgraded minor-league partnership with the Loveland-based Colorado Eagles next month, with the current ECHL team becoming the 31st American Hockey League franchise, according to two sources close to the situation.

Beginning with the 2018-19 season, the Avs’ top prospects and veterans on assignments will play for the Colorado Eagles out of the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. The Budweiser Events Center seats 5,289 for hockey but likely will be renovated to accommodate larger crowds.


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Bad In Colorado And Getting Good In Edmonton

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

When it all goes sour, no one remembers the flowery compliments, the strong words of commitment and belief.

That’s mostly because it was all hot air anyways, all public relations chatter designed to get people to buy tickets and invest their money and affections in the supposedly golden future of an NHL team.

Remember, for example, the words of Colorado executive Joe Sakic back in July 2013 when the Avalanche inked blue chip young forward Matt Duchene to a five-year, $30-million (U.S.) contract.

“Matt already is and will be a big part of our team’s nucleus for the long term,” said Sakic. “We all felt it was important to secure his rights.”

Well, four years later, the Avs are trying to get rid of him, and Duchene wants out. The team is terrible, and “locking up” the core of Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog (seven years, $39 million) and Nathan MacKinnon (seven years, $44.1 million) has led the Avs exactly nowhere....

The Oilers do appear set up better than any other Canadian team for a run at the Stanley Cup, and for those among us who would very much like to see the Cup back in Canada, this would be a fine thing indeed. At this point, after a quarter century of watching U.S. clubs from Carolina to California hoist the grand trophy, it hardly matters which of the seven Canadian teams manage to get the job done.

Both McDavid and Draisaitl are coming off terrific seasons. They might be Edmonton’s answer to Pittsburgh’s dynamic duo of Sidney Crosby and Evgeny Malkin. But the wealth they now have may change many things for them. Moreover, we live in an age when can’t just assess hockey players on their talent. You have to assess their impact on their team’s cap situation, among other factors.

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Afternoon Line- Joe Sakic On Matt Duchene

“I will be listening to offers. Right now it’s quiet on all fronts. But I’ll listen to offers on how we can get better. I’ll never name names but I’ll sit there and if something makes sense for the way we want to go, with our team, we’ll really look at that.”

-Joe Sakic on Matt Duchene.  More on the Avs from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.

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