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Colorado wants Alexander Kerfoot to shoot more this season.

Kerfoot acknowledged that he needs to make the adjustment. "I think it adds another dimension to your game, if you're not just a pass-first guy," he said. "If you're just passing all the time, it's easy to defend against. But I don't think I'm ever going to put up a season where I have 200-plus shots. It's about shooting at the right times. I don't want to shoot, just to shoot, just to prove a point. I just need to be be cognizant of the right times to shoot." Kerfoot scored 19 goals on just 81 shots over 79 games last season.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 18 - 10:51 AM

Martin Kaut has been skating alongside Tyson Jost and Alexander Kerfoot at training camp.

"Heckuva shot and you can tell he has a lot of skill," Jost said of Kaut, who was the 16th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. "He's a big kid and he's got a lot of raw talent. It's fun to play with him. His English isn't too good but 'Kerf' and I are trying to talk to him as much as possible and ease him into things." If Kaut doesn't stick with the Avalanche then he is expected to head to the minors.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 17 - 11:13 AM

Tyson Barrie was back on the ice over the weekend.

Barrie missed the first day of training camp on Friday because of minor muscle strain. He was paired with Nikita Zadorov during Saturday's session.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 17 - 11:07 AM

Coach Jared Bednar likes what he has seen from Nikita Zadorov at training camp.

"His testing is better. He's lighter, quicker," said Bednar. "Everyone of the tests I've seen is better than last year, so that tells me he’s more disciplined away from the rink in the summertime. Hopefully that maturity, that route he's taking, leads him to a better season." Zadorv plays a physical style and kills penalties, but he doesn't contribute much offensively. He can pile up hits, blocks and penalty minutes, though.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 17 - 11:04 AM

Avs head coach Jared Bednar would like to see Mikko Rantanen become more consistent in his third season.

It's mildly surprising to hear that considering Rantanen had 84 points in 81 games last season, but the Avs are clearly looking for more. "We’ve seen him be a real dominant player on the ice but he still does have games, or stretches, where he’s not as effective as he can be," Bednar said of Rantanen. "I think that’s what we saw of (MacKinnon) last year — every time he touched the ice he was a dominant player. Statistically speaking, (Rantanen) was as well. But I’d like to see Mikko get to that point where he’s a difference-maker every night for us and I think that’s where most of his improvement will lie."
Source: Denver Post
Sep 15 - 2:38 PM

Conor Timmins (head) has not been cleared with training camp set to open.

Timmins is more week-to-week than day-to-day, according to Colorado coach Jared Bednar. This is likely to hurt his chances of starting the season in the NHL and he could be poised to join the Colorado Eagles of the AHL once he is healthy.
Sep 13 - 5:34 PM

Cody Bass will attend training camp with Colorado on a professional tryout.

Bass had six points and 36 penalty minutes in 34 games with the Milwaukee Admirals of the AHL last season.
Sep 13 - 12:12 PM

Vladislav Kamenev will get an opportunity to make the Colorado Avalanche during training camp.

Kamenev was acquired from Nashville as part of the Matt Duchene trade. The 22-year-old missed most of last season because of a broken arm, but he's getting ready for the upcoming season by participating in rookie camp. "I think it’s a good platform to come in, based on the lack of playing time from last year," Avs assistant general manager Craig Billington said. "As we built out the roster, and looking at possibilities, for him to come in to get some games under his belt, to get a bit of a jump start on main camp, is really a good opportunity. It’s really important, so it’s a good opportunity to get some competition early." He had eight assists in seven games in the AHL and no points in three games in the NHL.
Source: Denver Post
Sep 8 - 1:34 PM

Ryan Graves is looking forward to some stability this season and he's hoping for an NHL roster spot.

Graves was obtained by Colorado last year from the New York Rangers. He played in 57 games with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack prior to the move and then he suited up in 21 contests for San Antonio. "I got my feet wet last year, but it'll be nice to really settle in with a new team," Graves said. "It's different when you’re coming in halfway through the year with a team. It'll be nice to go to Colorado and battle for a spot. Wherever I end up, I'll end up and try to do my best there. But it'll be less hectic than last year so I'm looking forward to it." He is likely to start the season with the Colorado Eagles of the AHL.
Aug 11 - 8:01 AM

Patrik Nemeth has signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

"Patrik is a big, physical defenseman who is an important piece of our D-corps," said Avalanche GM Joe Sakic. "He plays a significant role on our penalty kill, he blocks shots, and we're happy to have him back this season." Nemeth registered 15 points, 185 blocked shots and a plus-27 rating in 68 games with Colorado last season. The signing avoids an arbitration hearing, which was scheduled for Saturday.
Aug 2 - 12:05 PM

Grayson Downing has signed an AHL contract with the Colorado Eagles.

Downing had 23 points and 18 penalty minutes in 48 games for the Bakersfield Condors last year. He has 168 matches of AHL experience, but the 26-year-old hasn't appeared in any NHL contests.
Jul 25 - 8:02 AM

Logan O'Connor has signed a two-year, entry-level contract with Colorado.

O'Connor played three seasons at the University of Denver. In 2017-18, he notched seven goals and 21 points in 41 matches. "Logan is a hard-working player who brings leadership, energy and speed every night," said Avalanche GM Joe Sakic. "His game has continued to develop each season, and we are excited that he has decided to pursue his professional career with the Avalanche organization."
Jul 23 - 2:10 PM

Spencer Martin has signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Martin had a 3.10 GAA and .893 save percentage in 34 AHL games last season. He's projected to start the season in the minors given that Semyon Varlamov and Philipp Grubauer are firmly ahead of him in the depth charts.
Jul 17 - 3:39 PM

Ryan Graves has signed a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Graves had five goals and 17 points in 78 AHL games last season. The Avalanche acquired him from the New York Rangers in February in exchange for Chris Bigras.
Jul 17 - 3:06 PM

Mason Geertsen has signed a one-yead, two-way contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Geertsen will earn $650,000 at the NHL level or $85,000 in the minors. He had three goals and nine points in 72 AHL games last season.
Jul 14 - 4:08 PM


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