Player News - Avalanche

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Sven Andrighetto picked up a couple of power-play assists to help Switzerland pull off a 3-2 stunner over Team Canada in the semifinals of the 2018 World Championship on Saturday.

Switzerland never trailed in the game and now they will head to the gold-medal game. 30-year-old goaltender Leonardo Genoni stole the show with 44 saves in the contest. Genoni has spent the last 12 seasons playing in Switzerland (Davos HC and Bern SC). The Swiss will face Sweden for gold on Sunday.
May 19 - 3:49 PM

Colorado has re-signed Mark Barberio to a two-year contract.

Barberio's new deal is reportedly worth $1.45 per season. He posted 13 points and 31 penalty minutes in 46 games with the Avalanche in 2017-18.
May 15 - 4:00 PM

Mark Alt has signed a two-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Alt skated in seven games with the Avalanche at the end of the regular season after he was claimed off waivers from Philadelphia on Feb. 26. He has appeared in 16 games during his NHL career.
May 13 - 3:31 PM

Igor Shvyrev has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Shvyrev spent time with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL and Stalnye Lisy Magnitogorsk of Russia's junior league, the MHL, in 2017-18. He had one goal in 32 KHL appearances and 17 points in 10 matches at the MHL level. Shvyrev was a fifth-round pick of the Avalanche in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.
May 8 - 3:00 PM

Pavel Francouz has signed a one-year deal with the Colorado Avalanche.

Francouz had a 1.81 GAA and .946 save percentage in 37 KHL games last season. He's never played in North America, but his dominance in the KHL certainly makes him an interesting option. He might open the season as the Avalanche's backup goaltender behind Semyon Varlamov.
May 2 - 4:54 PM

Nathan MacKinnon has been nominated for the Hart Trophy.

This is hardly surprising news, as the Avs forward racked up 39 goals and 97 points in 74 games this season. He's the main reason why Colorado went from being the worst team in the league last year to finishing in a playoff spot this season. Los Angeles' Anze Kopitar and New Jersey's Taylor Hall are the other two nominees.
Apr 27 - 7:51 PM

Nathan MacKinnon has been nominated for the Ted Lindsay Award.

The award is given to "the most outstanding player in the NHL," as voted by the players. MacKinnon had a terrific year, as he had 39 goals and 97 points in 74 games this season. New Jersey's Taylor Hall and Edmonton's Connor McDavid were also nominated for the award this season.
Source: NHL.com
Apr 26 - 6:54 PM

Patrick Roy has returned to the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts as their head coach and general manager.

Roy left the Remparts in 2013 so that he could join the Colorado Avalanche as their head coach and vice president of hockey operations. Roy served in that role with the Avalanche for three years, won the Jack Adams Award in 2013-14, and posted a 130-92-24 record. However, he decided to resign in August 2016.
Source: TSN.ca
Apr 26 - 1:36 PM

Jared Bednar has been nominated for the Jack Adams Award.

The Avalanche were the worst team in the NHL by a mile during Bednar's first year (2016-17), but they rebounded by qualifying for the playoffs this season. They finished the season 43-30-9 record, which put them in the final Wild Card spot in the West. Vegas' Gerard Gallant and Boston's Bruce Cassidy are the other two finalists for the award.
Apr 25 - 7:28 PM

Avalanche executive vice president and GM Joe Sakic plans to continue building the team around youth and speed.

"The key for us is we are going to stay the course. We had an amazing, amazing year from our guys," Sakic said. "We have a young team. It's not like our guys are going to be seven-year pros all of a sudden next year for some of our younger players. We expect growth from them, but I mean we are going to stay young. In the next couple years, we may even get younger with some of our guys. We want to, if we can, even try and get a little bit quicker and faster out there." Colorado had 11 different rookies in 2017-18 and they combined to play 419 games, which ranked first in the league.
Apr 24 - 10:47 AM

Colorado coach Jared Bednar has agreed to a one-year contract extension with the Avalanche.

Bednar originally signed a three-year contract with Colorado, so his new deal will carry him through the 2019-20 season. The Avalanche had a terrible year in his first season behind the bench, but the team bounced back in a big way and qualified for the playoffs in 2017-18.
Apr 23 - 2:53 PM

Colorado coach Jared Bednar was proud of his team following Sunday's elimination from the playoffs.

The Avalanche took the Presidents' Trophy-winning Nashville Predators to six games in the first round of the postseason. "I'm proud of this team. What they accomplished, how hard they worked all year, how coachable they were. It's a great group, it's a fun group to coach," he told Colorado's official website. "That's what I'll take out of it. I thought they were respectful, responsive, hard-working group, real close-knit group from day one, really. Great leadership. It was a good season, it was a fun season, it was a lot of fun, especially for a lot of our guys that went through probably their worst season, myself included, last year. To respond and have a season like this. It was fun and it was a good time."
Apr 23 - 10:16 AM

Nikita Zadorov was credited with nine hits in Game 6 on Sunday night against Nashville.

Zadorov amassed 28 hits in six games during Colorado's first-round series loss to the Predators. The Avalanche blueliner led the NHL in hits, with 278, during the regular season. Zadorov also finished Game 6 with 14 penalty minutes and a minus-3 rating.
Apr 23 - 10:12 AM

Andrew Hammond was shelled for five goals on 37 shots in a 5-0 Game 6 loss on Sunday night.

Hammond was able to propel the Avs to a big 2-1 victory with 44 saves on the road in Game 5, but could not bring the same magic to a do-or-die Game 6. The 30-year-old, who has dwelled in the minors for the majority of his career, was the Avs' third-stringer but rose to the starting gig after injuries.
Apr 22 - 10:30 PM

Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche fell 5-0 to an energized Nashville Predators squad in Game 6 on Sunday.

MacKinnon and the Avs could not weather the storm from the defending Western Conference Champs who have bigger aspirations this season. The Avs offence was quiet and Pekka Rinne was sharp on the road to silence MacKinnon, who had six points in the first five games and 97 during the season.
Apr 22 - 10:25 PM


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