DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward T.J. Galiardi to a one-year contract through the 2011-12 season.
Galiardi, 23, was limited to 35 games this past season due to two separate injuries. He missed 17 games due to a wrist injury from Nov. 12 to Dec. 15 and missed the final 28 games of the season due to a forearm injury suffered on Feb. 9 at Minnesota. The Calgary, Alberta native finished with seven goals and eight assists for a total of 15 points.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has promoted Adam Deadmarsh to Assistant Coach. The organization also announced today the hiring of Tim Army as Assistant Coach/Video.
Deadmarsh, 36, joined the Avalanche coaching staff in the summer of 2009 and has spent the last two seasons as Colorado’s Video/Development Coach. The Trail, B.C., native enjoyed a nine-year stint as a player in the NHL, appearing in 567 career games with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings. He totaled 184 goals and 373 points with 819 penalty minutes. Deadmarsh was part of the Avalanche’s first Stanley Cup championship team in 1996.
“Adam certainly deserves this opportunity,” said Avalanche Head Coach Joe Sacco. “With his background, we feel he will be successful in his new role.”
Army, 48, has spent the last six seasons as the head coach of his alma mater, Providence College (Hockey East). Prior to joining the Friars, Army served as head coach of the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League for three years from 2002-03 to 2004-05. Army was an assistant coach in the NHL for nine seasons, spending four years with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1993-94 to 1996-97) and five years with the Washington Capitals (1997-98 to 2001-02).
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Joakim Lindstrom to a one-year contract through the 2011-12 season.
Lindstrom, 27, spent this past season with Skelleftea HC of the Swedish Elite League, where he led the league in scoring with 60 points (28g/32a) in 54 games. The Skelleftea, Sweden native led his team in points and penalty minutes (134) and ranked second in both goals and assists en route to being named to the 2011 Elitserien All-Star Team. Lindstrom went on to collect 11 points (4g/7a) in 18 playoff games.
“We are pleased to have Joakim under contract,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman. “With his combined experience in the NHL and Swedish Elite League, he will provide depth to our roster.”
(Edmonton) - General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have acquired defenseman Kevin Montgomery from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Shawn Belle.
Montgomery, 22, has appeared in 51 games this season with the Lake Erie Monsters in the American Hockey league recording 19 points (2G,17A) and 34 penalty minutes.
The 6’2”, 190-pound Rochester, NY native was originally selected by Colorado in the 4th round, 110th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
BOSTON, MA – Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that Boston has acquired defenseman Colby Cohen from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Matt Hunwick. Cohen will report to Boston’s minor league affiliate in Providence (American Hockey League).
The 21-year-old Cohen made his NHL debut earlier this season for the Avalanche on November 6 and has skated in three games for the Avs this year. He also registered one goal and 12 penalty minutes in 14 games for Colorado’s minor league affiliate in Lake Erie this season. 2010-11 marks Cohen’s first full professional season after playing three games for Lake Erie at the end of last year.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired left wing Dane Byers from the New York Rangers in exchange for center Chad Kolarik, club Executive Vice President and General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Byers was assigned to the Springfield Falcons, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate.
Byers, 24, has collected three goals and six assists for nine points and 25 penalty minutes in 16 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack, the Rangers’ AHL affiliate. He ranked second on the club in points and was third in assists. He has collected 72-91-163, 546 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +14 in 255 career AHL games, including a career high 25-27-52 and 100 penalty minutes in 74 games last season. He missed the majority of the 2008-09 season due to injury.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed forwards David Jones, Chris Durno, Darren Haydar, Matt Hendricks and Brian Willsie, along with goaltender Tyler Weiman.
“We feel that bringing David back helps to solidify our lineup,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “In addition, we’ve added to our organizational depth with this group of signings.”
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club formally announced today that the team has signed forward Cody McLeod to a three-year contract.
McLeod, who turns 25 this Friday, scored 15 goals with five assists and 162 penalty minutes in 79 games during his second NHL season in 2008-09. He was one of four NHL players with at least 15 goals and 150 PIM and became only the second player in Avalanche history to reach both marks in a single year (Chris Simon, 1995-96). McLeod led Colorado with 194 hits and shared the club lead in game-winning goals with three.
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Chris Stewart has been recalled from the Lake Erie Monsters, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate. He will be available for tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars.
It’s Stewart’s first career NHL call-up in the regular season after spending the last two seasons in Lake Erie where he has compiled 11 points (5g/6a) in 19 games played this year. During the 2007-2008 campaign, Stewart’s first full year as a pro, he recorded 44 points (25g/19a) in 77 games at Lake Erie. Stewart was recalled by Colorado during the 2008 playoffs, but did not dress.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has recalled defenseman Kyle Cumiskey from the Lake Erie Monsters, the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Cleveland.
Cumiskey leads all Monster defensemen in scoring with eight points (1g/7a) in 16 games played. He was recalled earlier this season by the Avalanche on November 6 and appeared in one game (Nov. 6 vs. MIN) before being reassigned. During the 2007-08 season, Cumiskey appeared in 38 games with the Avalanche, recording five assists.
In a related move, the Avalanche placed forward Darcy Tucker on injured reserve with a knee injury suffered in last night’s game in Anaheim. He’ll be sidelined approximately four weeks.
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