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AVALANCHE RUMORS & GOSSIP

Did the Avalanche make a mistake drafting Conner Bleackley?

Conner Bleackley, C 6’0, 192 pounds Drafted in the first round by the Colorado Avalanche 23rd overall in 2014. Bleackley’s WHL career so far has been respectable, but it’s nowhere near the sheer domination of some of the players that were drafted after him. Bleackley currently has 137 points in 204 games in the WHL. […] The post Did the Avalanche make a mistake drafting Conner...
Via Along the Boards
1 hour ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche shows no fire in back-breaking loss

The Colorado Avalanche made their previously lofty goal of making the playoffs nearly impossible with a 4-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers in Denver on Monday night. It was the second time in six days that the Avalanche failed to pick up a single point against the lottery-bound Oilers. Edmonton edged Colorado 2-1 in the season series. With six games left on the schedule, the Avalanche...
Via Mile High Sports
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

5 reasons the Avs have failed to live up to expectations

Expectations were soaring for the Colorado Avalanche heading into the 2014-15 season after the team won the highly competitive Central Division in their first season under the leadership of head coach Patrick Roy. Things haven’t quite worked out accordingly to plan though – coach Roy’s club currently sits eight points out of the second Wild Card spot in the Western Conference...
Via Mile High Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Duchene, Iginla record 3 points apiece as Avalanche hold off Sabres

  Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists, Jarome Iginla had three assists and the Colorado Avalanche kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 5-3 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night. John Mitchell scored for the second straight game, and Marc-Andre Cliche, Tyson Barrie and Brad Stuart also had goals as the Avalanche won their second in a row. Colorado has gone 12-6...
Via AP on Fox
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Five reasons the Avalanche will make the playoffs

The Colorado Avalanche currently sit seven points out of the final playoff position in the Western Conference with 12 games remaining on their schedule and a game in hand on all of the other teams jockeying for the final playoff spots. The club was written off by many in February, but has surged back into the playoff race by winning 11 of their last 15 outings. The Avs still have...
Via Mile High Sports
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Iginla's 23rd goal helps Avalanche top Coyotes 5-2

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) Ryan O'Reilly and Jarome Iginla scored 29 seconds apart in the first period, Semyon Varlamov made 27 saves, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 on Thursday night for their third straight win. Freddi Hamilton added his first NHL goal, and Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog also scored for the Avalanche, who won for the 11th time in 15 games...
Via AP on Fox
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche: Overcome the Wild

It only took until the final meeting of the season, but it finally happened: the Colorado Avalanche were able to hand the Minnesota Wild a loss. After a very intense playoff series last April that went into overtime in Game Seven, the Avalanche were finally able to get over the hump of not only scoring against the Wild, but also handing them just their third regulation loss since...
Via isportsweb.com
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche G Varlamov to miss game vs. Kings with groin injury

DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche will sit goaltender Semyon Varlamov on Tuesday night against Los Angeles after he injured his groin over the weekend. Coach Patrick Roy confirmed after the morning skate that rookie Calvin Pickard will take Varlamov's place in net. Varlamov has started 22 straight games, one away from matching Craig Anderson's mark for most consecutive starts by an...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Wild-Avalanche Rivalry Reaching New Heights

In sports everyone loves a good rivalry, and the National Hockey League is no exception. From Bruins-Canadiens to Red Wings-Avalanche, the NHL has a rich history of intense rivalries between teams and fan bases that love nothing more than to hate one another. Well, the league’s next rivalry might be brewing out in the Western Conference’s Central Division between the Minnesota...
Via Midwest Sports Fans
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche: MacKinnon’s year done

The frustrating season for the Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon has taken on one more chapter, and unfortunately it will be the final chapter for him – and quite possibly the team as well. Terry Frei of the Denver Post broke the news this morning that Nathan MacKinnon will be sidelined 6-8 weeks with a fractured foot. Avs have announced Nathan MacKinnon has broken foot...
Via isportsweb.com
25 days ago  |  Discuss

VIDEO: With this second period goal Jarome Iginla won some dude a car

Noticed this while listening to the Av’s feed. Because the Av’s scored in the first 20 seconds of the period, someone wins a car. In the first half of this recording the Avalanche broadcast team starts talking about it, and on the second half you can hear the PA announcer talking about it:
Via The Pensblog
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche: Season on the line

With the season essentially on the line heading into tonight’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins, it’s time to see what the Colorado Avalanche are really made of. The trade deadline has now come and gone in the NHL. All through the day the Avalanche partook in very minor deals involving minor leaguers – shipping out defenseman Karl Stollery and forward Michael Sgarbossa...
Via isportsweb.com
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Sean Bergenheim breaks Nathan MacKinnon’s nose

Nathan MacKinnon’s 2014-15 is the perfect example of a sophomore slump. In his second year in the NHL, MacKinnon is poised to fall well short of matching his offensive numbers from his rookie seasons. To make matters worse, MacKinnon was on the receiving end of a brutal check from Sean Bergenheim which left MacKinnon with a broken nose. There was no penalty on the play. As you...
Via Puck Drunk Love
March 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Hat Trick Alert! Featuring Nathan MacKinnon

Sunday night the Colorado Avalanche hosted the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Pepsi Center. The Avs would take the 5-4 victory, but we also saw something that we’ll probably see a lot of in the future. A Nathan MacKinnon hat trick. MacKinnon tallied one goal in the first period and two more in the second period before he and the ice were showered with hats. Check out all three of the...
Via Beyond The Benches
February 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Long climb ahead for Colorado

View image | gettyimages.com After a whirlwind 2013-14 season, the Colorado Avalanche have come back to Earth this year and are now in a precarious position. After a four-game losing streak, followed shortly by a two-game winning streak, the Avs sit on the edge of a cliff looking up. Above their heads is the playoffs, […] The post Long climb ahead for Colorado appeared first on Along the Boards.
Via Along the Boards
February 17, 2015  |  Discuss

GIF: Cody McLeod misses a check, ends up in Tampa Bay’s bench

Cody McLeod was lining up a huge check during Saturday’s game between the Avalanche and Lightning. As he sped in for a big hit, Mark Barberio stepped aside and McLeod flew over the boards and into Tampa Bay’s bench. You can tell that there isn’t much of a rivalry between the Avs and Bolts by the fact McLeod was able to hop right back out of the bench without incident. The...
Via Puck Drunk Love
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

AHL goalie Reto Barra scores goal and celebrates in style (Video)

Lake Erie Monsters goaltender Reto Barra became only the 11th goaltender in AHL history to score a goal with an empty netter against the Chicago Wolves, and he celebrated in style by skating to the bench for high-fives.Barra, who was sent down to the minors by the Colorado Avalanche just last weekend, shot it down the ice and nailed it dead center into the Chicago net for the goal...
Via Holdout Sports
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Opponents not happy with goalie's celebration

Goalies scoring goals are like fat guy touchdowns: They don’t happen often, and they aren’t often pretty, but they’re always fun to watch. Reto Berra became the latest goaltender to turn the tables, as he found the back of the net Friday night in an AHL game. Berra’s currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche’s AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, and he’s making...
Via NESN.com
January 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Avalanche looking to trade Ryan O’Reilly

The Colorado Avalanche are reportedly shopping around Ryan O’Reilly and are looking to acquire defensive help. This report falls squarely in the “rumor” department, but it’s worth discussing considering the skill involved in a potential deal and the fact O’Reilly was at the center of several trade rumors during his contract dispute this summer. The source of this report...
Via Puck Drunk Love
December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Denver Post fires Avalanche writer Adrian Dater

Ed Note: On November 30th, Awful Announcing fired associate editor Steve Lepore after becoming aware of a pattern of harassing behavior on social media.  You can read our entire statement on the matter here.  Adrian Dater always seemed on his way to a blow-up.  After multiple very public episodes of bombastic behavior throughout his career, Dater was let go by the Denver...
Via Awful Announcing
December 04, 2014  |  Discuss
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