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Avs Still Below The Cap Floor

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

What’s the latest news on the Avs? Do you think they will sign anybody else besides Peter Mueller and Chris Stewart? Would Raffi Torres be a good fit?

It’s July 25 as I write this, and Muller, Stewart or Torres has yet to be signed by the Avs. Mueller and Stewart will be signed at some point, I still believe, because the Avs want them and they still have to spend nearly $8 million just to get to the cap floor of $43.8 million.

Sometimes things just take time. Obviously, there is a difference between the parties right now, and there are never any guarantees what will happen when it comes to contracts. But I believe things will be ironed out before too long.

read on for more Q & A…

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Avs Re-Sign Brandon Yip

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Brandon Yip to a two-year contract through the 2011-12 season.  Yip was a restricted free-agent.

Yip, 25, was recalled by the Avalanche on Dec. 18 of last year and went on to tally 11 goals and 19 points (11g/8a) in 32 games during his rookie campaign.  He finished first among all NHL rookies in goals-per-game at 0.34.  The 6-foot-1, 180-pound right wing also appeared in all six playoff games for Colorado, recording two goals and two assists to rank second on the team in postseason scoring with four points.

“We’re pleased to have Brandon under contract,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “With his energy and style of play, we think he can be a solid player for our team.” 

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Avalanche Sign Pair

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has agreed to terms with defenseman Kyle Quincey and forward Daniel Winnik each to a two-year contract.  Both players were restricted free agents. 

“We are pleased to have Kyle and Daniel under contract,” said Avalanche General Manager / Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “Kyle was a big part of our defense last season and we expect him to continue in that role.  As I stated earlier this week, we are counting on Daniel to be an important part of our team.”

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No Big UFA Signings Planned In Denver

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Continuing with the blueprint of building from within — and getting younger — the Avalanche today will officially part company with several older players as the NHL’s free-agency period begins.

The Avs, league sources said, will not offer contracts to several of their unrestricted free agents, including Marek Svatos, Brett Clark, Ruslan Salei, Stephane Yelle, Chris Durno and Darcy Tucker.

And as general manager Greg Sherman said last month, the Avs will not be players in any bidding for high-dollar free agents, including big names such as Ilya Kovalchuk.

The Avs are happy with the current program as is, developing their talent and watching them grow.

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Sakic Wants To Get Back In The Game

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Joe Sakic seems to have made up his mind that he wants to work for the Avalanche in a management capacity. The questions are when and in what role.

When it happens, Sakic isn’t expecting any big-timer treatment. He expects to pay his dues.

“You can’t just jump in and start at the top. I would go in knowing I’d have to learn all parts of the business for a few years,” said Sakic, the Avs’ all-time leading scorer who retired last summer.

Sakic, who turns 41 next month, spent his first year of retirement taking it easy with his family and coaching his sons’ hockey teams part-time. He said he has not talked with the Avs about a management job and probably won’t for at least a couple more weeks.

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Rob Blake Hits

Rob Blake will announce his retirement tomorrow so why not present to you some of the big time hits given out by Blake.

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Avalanche Will Stay In The Kroenke Family

from Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post,

Stan Kroenke intends to keep ownership of the NHL’s Avalanche and the NBA’s Nuggets within his family, as well as own the NFL’s St. Louis Rams, he made clear in a statement Monday. Kroenke also made his first public comments about transferring ownership of the Nuggets to his son, Josh.

“Our son Josh has been involved with many of our organizations for several years and that family continuity remains a priority,” Kroenke said in a statement to The Denver Post. “My family looks forward to owning the Rams, Nuggets and Avalanche for years to come while being compliant with all stipulations set by the NFL. Our family remains committed to fans in St. Louis and Denver.”

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Kovalchuk Would Look Good With The Avs But GM Says No Big Name UFAs

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

It’s probably the smart thing to do, the more sensible path, the safest course. But, I don’t know, I’d still have a hard time passing on some of the NHL free agents who might be available in less than a month if I was the Avalanche general manager. Passing on making a bid for Ilya Kovalchuk, for me, would be akin to Carrie Bradshaw passing on a new pair of Manolo Blahnik pink suede strappy sandals in the store window.

Kovalchuk, an immensely talented Russian winger, is expected to be out there on free-agent day, and the Avs have salary cap room the size of Montana. But as we learned last week from the NHL general managers’ meetings in Philadelphia, Avs GM Greg Sherman put the kibosh on any hopes his team would go on a Bradshaw-worthy shopping spree.

Is Sherman bluffing? Sure didn’t seem like it when I asked him right after he departed a massive ballroom inside the Ritz-Carlton. Sherman shook his head and had an “it ain’t gonna happen” look when asked whether the Avalanche would be pursuing big-name players on free-agent day, July 1.

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Avalanche Sign Budaj & Koci

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Peter Budaj and forward David Koci each to a one-year contract for the 2010-11 season.

Budaj appeared in 15 games (11 starts) for the Avalanche this past season, compiling a 5-5-2 record with a 2.64 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and one shutout.  He also saw action in one game during the Stanley Cup playoffs against San Jose. 

Budaj, 27, was Colorado’s first selection (second round, 63rd overall) in the 2001 Entry Draft.  He has spent each of his five NHL seasons with the Avalanche, compiling an 86-70-23 career record with eight shutouts, a 2.74 GAA and .903 Sv% in 197 appearances.  He ranks third in franchise history in games, shutouts and minutes (10874), and is fourth in wins.  Budaj led the Avalanche with 31 victories in 2006-07 and 20 wins in 2008-09, and also paced Colorado in goals-against average (2.86) and save percentage (.900) as a rookie in 2005-06.

“Peter has been a valuable goaltender for our franchise over the last five seasons,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “He’s had success at the NHL level and we look forward to having him back for another year.”

Koci, 29, appeared in a career-high 43 games in his first season with the Avalanche in 2009-10.  The 6-foot-6, 238-pound left wing tallied one goal and no assists while finishing second on the team with 84 penalty minutes.

“David brings grit and toughness to our lineup,” added Sherman.  “He was a good fit for our team last year.”

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Avs May Be Up For Sale

from Daniel Kaplan of Denver Business Journal,

The National Football League appears to be moving toward approving sports magnate Stan Kroenke as the next owner of the St. Louis Rams and allowing him a grace period to sell basketball’s Denver Nuggets and hockey’s Colorado Avalanche, sources say, despite the league’s prohibition against owners controlling teams in other NFL markets.

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