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DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward John Mitchell to a three-year contract extension through the 2016-17 season.
Mitchell, 29, has appeared in 65 of Colorado’s 66 games this season, tallying 23 points (7g/16a) with a +8 plus/minus rating. Mitchell’s 16 assists are just one short of his career high (17) set with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008-09 and 2009-10. The Oakville, Ontario native played in his 300th NHL game on Dec. 14 vs. Minnesota and recorded his 100th NHL point on Nov. 30 vs. Minnesota.
“John is a proven NHL player who has been a very good addition to our team the past two seasons,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic. “He can play in different situations and we feel his presence and his versatility will continue to strongly benefit our team moving forward.”
Patrick Kane with a nice move and a great backhand. The Blackhawks did lose 3-2 to the Avalanche.
from Rick Sadowski at NHL.com,
Colorado Avalanche right wing PA Parenteau injured his right knee on his first shift in the first period Monday against the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center and is likely to miss the remainder of the regular season.
"We'll see for playoffs, but he will be out for four to six weeks," Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said of Parenteau, who sustained an injury to his medial collateral ligament and wore a brace on his right leg after the game, which the Avalanche won 3-2 in overtime.
Parenteau attempted to come back for an early power play, but he wasn't able to skate well enough and left the ice for the rest of the game.
A well done video...
“What’s made ‘em so good this year is being bad long enough to get really good players. I’m not trying to be a smart—, that’s how you do it in this league now. You get bad enough so you get (Nathan) MacKinnon or these high, high end players. Their top six forwards they put out on the ice are flat-out fun to watch. It’s absolutely scary. Then their third line knows how to play and then they have a fourth line that’s got meat. So, to me, they’ve got a good group and I think they’ve done a really good job giving that team structure, the goaltending plays well, and their back end on the right side is very active. So all in all, they’ve been a real good team and they’re fast. You might have 40 shots and they might have 12, but they only need about 12. They can score. It just flat-out goes in the net for them.”
-Mike Babcock, head coach of the Detroit Red Wings on the Colorado Avalanche. More from Babcock and on the Avs from Terry Frei of all Things Avs.
Flames get Avs 2nd round pick this year.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
While the Avs cannot justify importing expensive rentals, as they could in the days of Ray Bourque, Theo Fleury and Rob Blake, neither can they be stuck in the situation of having essentially their own rental player on the roster beyond Wednesday in the form of top players with expiring contracts.
That's where it could get interesting with a player such as Paul Stastny. While the Avs would like to re-sign as many players in the last year of their contracts as they can, Stastny's situation is trickier because of his potential status as an unrestricted free agent July 1.
If the Avs can't reach agreement on a new deal by Wednesday — or lack the confidence they can sign him at some point before July 1 — it is possible Stastny could be traded. The worst of all worlds for the Avs would be to lose a top player such as Stastny for nothing on the unrestricted free-agent market this summer....
The Avs would not comment on any ongoing negotiations with Stastny toward a new contract, and Stastny's agent, Matt Keator, did not respond for comment. If Stastny is dealt, Avs fans can probably expect a young defenseman in return, someone who can play 20-25 minutes per night, someone with time still left on his existing deal or, if not, restricted free-agent status — but not unrestricted.
DENVER – Former Colorado Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk announced today that he is retiring from the game of hockey.
“I was fortunate to play many years at this level with a great organization and unbelievable teammates,” said Hejduk. “I realized my lifelong dream of not only playing in the NHL but winning a Stanley Cup. My family and I are proud to call Denver home and are enjoying our time together.”
Here is the suspension video...
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson will have a phone hearing Tuesday with the NHL Department of Player Safety for a third-period slash on New York Islanders forward Frans Nielsen on Saturday night.
Nielsen was skating for a loose puck in the Avalanche's zone when Johnson slashed him on the wrists with 7:54 left in the third period. Johnson was given a two-minute penalty on the play.
added 11:55am, Watch the slash below...
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