Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

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

Patrik Nemeth's arbitration hearing is scheduled for August 4.

Nemeth had three goals and 15 points in 68 games in 2017-18. He had shoulder surgery and it's not clear if he'll be available for the start of training camp.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 12 - 4:15 PM

Nikita Zadorov underwent shoulder surgery during the off-season.

Avalanche GM Joe Sakic isn't sure if Zadorov will be cleared in time for the start of training camp. We'll keep you posted if there are updates over the summer.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 7 - 6:15 PM

Patrik Nemeth underwent shoulder surgery over the summer.

It's up in the air as to whether Nemeth will be healthy in time for the start of training camp. In the meantime, the Avalanche need to work on a new contract with the restricted free agent. He filed for arbitration, so if Nemeth and the Avalanche don't agree on terms in time, a neutral arbitrator will make a ruling on his 2018-19 salary.
Source: Denver Post
Jul 7 - 12:46 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have signed Matt Nieto to a two-year contract.

This signing comes a day after Nieto filed for salary arbitration. The financial terms were not disclosed by the Avalanche, but his previous cap hit was $1 million. He had 15 goals and 26 points in 74 games in 2017-18.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 6 - 5:58 PM

Matt Nieto has filed for salary arbitration.

Nieto came with a $1 million cap hit last season. He scored 15 goals and 26 points in 74 contests.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 6:14 PM

You can count Patrik Nemeth among the 44 players that requested salary arbitration.

Nemeth completed a one-year, $945,000 contract. He had three goals and 15 points in 68 games last season.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 5 - 6:12 PM

Martin Kaut has agreed to a three-year, entry-level contract.

Kaut was taken by Colorado with the 16th overall pick in the 2018 NHL Entry Draft. He had nine goals and 16 points in 38 games in the Czech league last season. Because he's coming from Europe and not the CHL, he is eligible to play in the AHL next season. "Martin plays a complete, two-way game," said Avalanche GM Joe Sakic. "He competes, he's strong on the puck. He's got a great shot, and he's a pure goal scorer. We just like the upside and what he can bring to our club."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 5 - 2:44 PM

Sheldon Dries has agreed to a one-year, entry-level contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Dries had 19 goals and 30 points in 70 AHL games with the Texas Stars in 2017-18. That was his first campaign in the AHL after spending four seasons at Western Michigan University. He scored 16 goals and 30 points in 36 contests in his senior season with Western Michigan.
Source: TheAHL.com
Jul 3 - 8:51 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have signed Scott Kosmachuk to a one-year contract.

Kosmachuk had 15 goals, 42 points, and 77 penalty minutes in 70 AHL games last season. The 24-year-old has three assists in eight career NHL contests.
Source: TheAHL.com
Jul 3 - 8:49 PM

Joe Cannata has agreed to a one-year contract with the Colorado Avalanche.

Cannata had a 2.22 GAA and .931 save percentage in 28 ECHL games last season. The 28-year-old goalie should be regarded as an organizational depth player and not someone who is expected to see any playing time in the NHL.
Source: TheAHL.com
Jul 3 - 8:48 PM

Nail Yakupov reportedly will play for SKA St. Petersburg next season.

That potentially brings Yakupov's NHL career to a close. He was taken by Edmonton with the first overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, but never came close to living up to his potential. He scored 17 goals and 31 points in 48 games as a rookie with Edmonton, but those goal and point totals proved to be his career-highs. He had nine goals and 16 points in 58 contests with the Colorado Avalanche last season and became an unrestricted free agent after being denied a qualifying offer.
Jul 3 - 8:27 PM

The Washington Capitals still have interest in signing Brooks Orpik.

The Capitals traded Orpik to the Colorado Avalanche as part of the Philipp Grubauer trade on June 22nd. Washington wanted Orpik included in the trade to get out of the last season of his five-year, $27.5 million contract. However, the Avalanche then bought Orpik out, making him an unrestricted free agent. Now that the Capitals can potentially have Orpik at a significantly smaller cap hit, they have some interest in doing so. "We're talking with Brooks," Capitals GM Brian MacLellan said. "He's making some decisions himself, and hopefully we might be able to work it out."
Source: NHL.com
Jul 3 - 5:26 PM


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