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Colorado Avalanche Offseason Targets: European Free Agent Ville Leskinen

Colorado Avalanche Offseason Targets: European Free Agent Ville Leskinen

The Colorado Avalanche could look to Europe and bring over free agent Ville Leskinen to fill the hole on the right side When the Colorado Avalanche look to fill out the roster for next season, one key area of concern is secondary scoring - especially at right wing. The Avalanche currently only have Nathan MacKinnon and J.T. Compher as right-shooting forwards, and both of them play center. Finding a right-shooting option to play in the middle-6 should be a priority of Joe Sakic this summer. There are options on the free agent market. David Perron and Thomas Vanek fit the bill, but they are...
Mile High Hockey May 17, 2018
Colorado Avalanche Offseason Targets:  James van Riemsdyk

Colorado Avalanche Offseason Targets:  James van Riemsdyk

James van Riemsdyk would help solve the need for secondary scoring in Colorado Next month, Nathan MacKinnon is likely going to win the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s Most Valuable Player. The 22-year old superstar had a breakout season, and was a part of one of the best lines in the NHL. Along with Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen, MacKinnon carried the offsense for the Avalanche all season. If this team is going to get better, they’re going to have to start icing a middle-6 that can pose more of a threat to opponents. Tyson Jost and Alex Kerfoot will grow with experience, but that’s...
Mile High Hockey May 16, 2018
Mark Barberio: An unheralded strength on the Colroado Avalanche blueline

Mark Barberio: An unheralded strength on the Colroado Avalanche blueline

Barberio is a lot better defensively than many give him credit for. .The Colorado Avalanche recently announced the re-signing of defenseman Mark Barberio to a two-year $2.9 million contract. The signing might have come as a surprise to some, but at a cap hit of $1.45m, Barberio is going to provide very good value on the bottom pair for the Avalanche over the next two seasons. There are a number of Avalanche fans that are upset at the signing. Barberio is seen as a risk-taker on the back-end that doesn’t seem to pass the eye test for many. But how does his play actually impact the...
Mile High Hockey May 16, 2018
Four Colorado Avalanche players make quarterfinals at World Championship

Four Colorado Avalanche players make quarterfinals at World Championship

Tyson Jost hopes to bring Canada back to their golden ways The round-robin portion of the 2018 IIHF World Championship is in the books, and all four Colorado Avalanche representatives at the tournament are moving on to the quarterfinals. ] Who will go home with a medal, perhaps even gold? Finland Photo by Martin Rose/ Mikko Rantanen helped his country grab the top seed in group B, as Finland went 5-0-1-1 (Win-OT Win-OT Loss-Loss) in the preliminary round. He was the team’s third leading scorer, with nine points - including four goals. As predicted earlier, Rantanen...
Last Word on Hockey May 15, 2018
Mark Barberio Agrees To Two-Year Contact With Colorado Avalanche

Mark Barberio Agrees To Two-Year Contact With Colorado Avalanche

Despite missing a significant amount of last season due to injury, the Colorado Avalanche and defenseman Mark Barberio agreed on a two-year contract extension. Set to become an unrestricted free agent, the Avalanche prevented that from happening. He recently spoke in an interview with TVA Sports about his excitement about the Avalanche's success this season. Barberio also spoke about his opportunities with the Avalanche and how he has been able to grow as a player. "I played well when I was given a chance in Montreal, but in Colorado I have better opportunities because I will not go back to...
Mile High Hockey May 15, 2018
Picking at the carcass of the Carolina Hurricanes could be very beneficial to the Avalanche

Picking at the carcass of the Carolina Hurricanes could be very beneficial to the Avalanche

The Avalanche should look to Carolina to upgrade their roster When Tom Dundon bought the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this year, he instantly started talking like an owner that would be a lot closer to Mark Cuban than the Kroenke family. He clearly wants to be hands-on with the team, and it has forced some long-serving front office personalities - like Ron Francis and Joe Nieuwendyk out of the organization. The new owner has said a few things that will probably make Canes fans pretty nervous. He seems to be an oldschool thinker that is going to put intangibles ahead of other - more important...
The Denver Post May 15, 2018
Mark Barberio re-signs with Colorado Avalanche

Mark Barberio re-signs with Colorado Avalanche

The Avalanche prevented Mark Barberio from testing the free agent market by signing the defenseman to a two-year, $2.9 million contract extension Tuesday. Barberio will make $1.45 million in each of the next two seasons, nearly doubling his recent two-year contract worth $800,000 and $700,000, respectively.
Sportsnet.ca May 15, 2018
Avalanche re-sign Mark Barberio to 2-year deal

Avalanche re-sign Mark Barberio to 2-year deal

The Colorado Avalanche have signed defenceman Mark Barberio to a two-year contract. The post Avalanche re-sign Mark Barberio to 2-year deal appeared first on Sportsnet.ca.
The Denver Post May 15, 2018
Mikko Rantanen leads Finland past U.S. at ice hockey world championship

Mikko Rantanen leads Finland past U.S. at ice hockey world championship

Finland handed the United States its first defeat at the ice hockey world championship in a 6-2 thumping on Tuesday.
Mile High Hockey May 15, 2018
Mark Barberio is ready to return to the Colorado Avalanche

Mark Barberio is ready to return to the Colorado Avalanche

Barberio says he’s working on a new contract with the Avalanche He is set to become an unrestricted free argent on July 1st, but it sounds as though Mark Barberio is ready to forgo the open market in order to re-sign with the Colorado Avalanche. In an interview with TVA Sports, the 28-year old defender mentioned that he is in the process of working on a new contract with the Avalanche. “I am currently in talks to renew my contract with the the Avalanche”, Barberio told the French language news outlet. Barberio missed significant time last season due to injury. He finished with a...
Mile High Hockey May 15, 2018
Mark Barberio to return to the Colorado Avalanche for two more years

Mark Barberio to return to the Colorado Avalanche for two more years

Barberio says he’s working on a new contract with the Avalanche Update: The Colorado Avalanche have just announced that they have re-signed defenseman Mark Barberio to a two-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed. He is set to become an unrestricted free argent on July 1st, but it sounds as though Mark Barberio is ready to forgo the open market in order to re-sign with the Colorado Avalanche. In an interview with TVA Sports, the 28-year old defender mentioned that he is in the process of working on a new contract with the Avalanche. “I am currently in talks to...
Mile High Hockey May 15, 2018
One Big Number: Carl Soderberg’s biggest impact on the Colorado Avalanche

One Big Number: Carl Soderberg’s biggest impact on the Colorado Avalanche

Soderberg worked some hard minutes for the Colorado Avalanche this season. I have to admit, Carl Soderberg often flies under the radar for me. As much as I enjoyed the work out of the third line this season, I was usually quick to give most of the credit to Blake Comeau. Soderberg was just kind of the guy out there that didn’t stand out to me on the eye test (no pun intended). So I wasn’t exactly surprised when his regular season numbers were fairly middle-of-the-pack at first glance. But his biggest contribution to the Colorado Avalanche happened to be exactly what made me overlook him...
Mile High Hockey May 14, 2018
Colorado Avalanche Star Mikko Rantanen set to take on Team USA

Colorado Avalanche Star Mikko Rantanen set to take on Team USA

Avalanche fans are going to have to decide whether they cheer for their country or their star winger In a very short time, Mikko Rantanen has forced his way into the hearts of Colorado Avalanche fans around the world. The 21-year old winger had a breakout season in 2017-18 and should now be counted as a legitimate star in the NHL. Unfortunately, that makes things complicated for Avalanche fans tomorrow morning - at least the ones in America. Bright and early tomorrow at the IIHF World Championship, Mikko Rantanen will lead Team Finland in their final preliminary round game against the USA....
Mile High Hockey May 14, 2018
Offseason Targets: Calvin de Haan

Offseason Targets: Calvin de Haan

The Avalanche need to improve the blueline, Calvin de Haan would help do that. Going into last season, the biggest criticism of the Colorado Avalanche lineup was how weak their blueline was. Beyond Erik Johnson, Tyson Barrie and Nikita Zadorov, there were just a bunch of question marks. While the acquisition of Samuel Girard in the Matt Duchene trade strengthened the defense significantly, there is still a lot of work to do before Joe Sakic feels fully comfortable. Sakic spoke about ‘staying the course’. He mentioned that the team is going to stick with their youth movement, and that...
Mile High Hockey May 14, 2018
Offseason Flurries: It’s already Monday again

Offseason Flurries: It’s already Monday again

The weeks trudge on as the Avalanche and the remainder of the league head towards the draft weekend Only one month (or so) and counting until the 2018 NHL Draft! For the Avalanche and 27 other NHL teams, we’re currently deep in the throes of the postseason offseason, with nothing but the Conference Final series and the World Championships over in Denmark to keep us amused. As we get closer and closer to the draft, talk has ramped up about who will be selecting whom. For the Avs, here’s a look at the Top-50 players through Mid-May, so we have a launching point to discuss what kind of...

Avalanche Player News

  • 1 Nathan MacKinnon

    Nathan MacKinnon

    Colorado Avalanche Offseason Targets: European Free Agent Ville Leskinen

  • 1 J.T. Compher

    J.T. Compher

    Colorado Avalanche Offseason Targets: European Free Agent Ville Leskinen

  • Mikko Rantanen

    Mikko Rantanen

    Colorado Avalanche Offseason Targets:  James van Riemsdyk

  • Andrew Hammond

    Andrew Hammond

    Colorado Avalanche Sign Goaltender Pavel Francouz

  • Mark Barberio

    Mark Barberio

    Mark Barberio: An unheralded strength on the Colroado Avalanche blueline

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