• Reassigned to AHL San Antonio

    News: Calvin Pickard was reassigned to San Antonio of AHL on Wednesday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: Calvin Pickard had an opportunity to earn the backup job in preseason but was unable to beat out Reto Berra for the No. 2 spot, and will start the season in the AHL. The roster move will allow the young 23 year-old to get ample playing time at the lower level and further develop his game, but don't be surprised if he gets called up to start multiple games during the season if Semyon Varlamov is unable to go.
  • Makes 30 saves in loss

    News: Calvin Pickard gave up two goals on 32 shots in a preseason loss to Calgary on Tuesday.
    Analysis: Calvin Pickard had some difficulty getting started in the first and second periods, allowing a goal 24 seconds into the game then allowing a second goal one minute into the start of the second period, with both goals coming off of Jiri Hudler. Besides the slow start at the beginning of each period, Pickard was still able to push aside 30 of the 32 shots he faced, including 24 straight saves to close out the game. Pickard needed a solid outing to prove that he's the man to back up Semyon Varlamov as he battles Reto Berra for the No. 2 job, which is still up in the air.
  • Starting Tuesday's tilt

    News: Calvin Pickard will get the start for Tuesday's preseason game against Calgary, the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: Calvin Pickard will be the man between the pipes for his first start of this preseason. It will be Pickard's first time seeing the ice this preseason and is expected to play the entirety of the game. After playing majority of last season in the AHL, the young Colorado netminder is trying to unseat Reto Berra as the backup goalie and officially claim the No. 2 spot all to himself this season.
  • Avs' Pickard To Compete For Opening Night Spot

    News: Avalanche coach Patrick Roy confirmed that Calvin Pickard would compete with Reto Berra for the backup goalie honors behind Semyon Varlamov, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: It was Calvin Pickard who saw the bulk of the duties with the Avalanche last season when Semyon Varlamov succumbed to repeated lower-body injuries, but the two-way nature of his contract prevented him from permanently unseating Berra, who remains on a one-year deal. It doesn't appear that financial considerations will factor into the Avs' roster decisions during camp, as Roy expects both goalies to make a push for the No. 2 gig. If that's the case, Pickard could be viewed as the favorite to earn that role after going a respectable 6-7-3 with a 2.35 GAA and .932 save percentages during his 16 appearances with the parent club in 2014-15.
  • Pickard Inks One-Year Deal With Avalanche

    News: Calvin Pickard signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Avalanche on Thursday, Drew Spevak of ESPNDenver.com reports.
    Analysis: The 23-year-old will return as Colorado's top AHL goaltender in 2015-16. Calvin Pickard spent some time with the big club last season while Semyon Varlamov battled a groin injury, going 6-7-3 with a 2.35 GAA and a .932 save percentage. He's still behind Varlamov and Reto Barra on the Avalanche's depth chart, so it will likely take another injury for Pickard to get another shot at the NHL level this season.
  • Avs' Pickard Reassigned To Minors

    News: Calvin Pickard was reassigned to AHL Lake Erie on Friday.
    Analysis: Calvin Pickard was only up with the Avalanche as an emergency recall with Semyon Varlamov nursing a groin injury. Since Varlamov was able to return to the crease in Thursday's win over the Devils, Pickard will now have to head back to the minors, where he'll continue to serve as Lake Erie's No. 1 goalie. That being said, Varlamov's groin issues have been a persistent problem all season, and with the Avs' playoff hopes fading, there could be room for Pickard to get some run with the big club if the team decides to to shut down their No. 1 goalie.
  • Avs Yank Pickard In Loss

    News: Calvin Pickard was pulled in the first period Tuesday after giving up three goals to the Kings on just eight shots.
    Analysis: Making his first start since Jan. 13, Calvin Pickard was unable to replicate the wild success he experienced in November and December when Semyon Varlamov was out. Varly's day-to-day with a groin issue, so Pickard's latest stay in the NHL may not be long-lived.
  • Avs Turn To Pickard On Tuesday

    News: Calvin Pickard will start Tuesday's game against the Kings.
    Analysis: Calvin Pickard is thus in line to make his first start for the team since Jan. 13. He's drawing Tuesday's assignment, with top goalie Semyon Varlamov considered day-to-day with a groin injury.
  • Avs Recall Pickard

    News: Calvin Pickard was recalled from AHL Lake Erie on Monday, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: Per the report, Calvin Pickard was recalled for precautionary reasons after Semyon Varlamov was removed Sunday's contest with a lower-body injury. Reto Berra will likely get the starting nod if Varlamov is forced to miss any time, but Pickard will be available as the backup.
  • Avs Reassign Pickard

    News: Calvin Pickard was reassigned to AHL Lake Erie on Thursday.
    Analysis: Calvin Pickard had served has the backup to Semyon Varlamov for each of the last four games, so he'll head to the Avs' minor-league affiliate to see more action while the NHL breaks for the All-Star Game. The team had recently recalled Reto Berra from his conditioning assignment at Lake Erie, so it would seem likely that Pickard will remain in the minors even after the Avalanche resume play. However, should Varlamov or Berra sustain some sort of injury in the near future, Pickard would rank as the organization's first call-up.