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August 29, 2017 02:57 PM
Rene Bourque: Taking talents to Switzerland
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque signed a contract with Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Hockey League on Tuesday.

At 35 years old, Bourque heads overseas after recording 163 goals and 153 assists in 725 NHL games split between the Blackhawks, Flames, Canadiens, Ducks, Blue Jackets and Avalanche. Djurgardens courted the veteran in the wake of an injury to right winger Daniel Brodin, but the Swiss club is reportedly excited about the leadership that the Alberta native brings to the table.

March 30, 2017 07:00 PM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Earns helper Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque chipped in an assist in Wednesday's 5-3 loss to the Capitals.

The veteran now has 18 points in 59 games this season, which is actually his most since 2011-12 with Montreal and Calgary (24 points combined). At 35 years old, it's extremely unlikely that Bourque will ever reach the heights of his back-to-back 27-goal, 50-plus-point seasons with Calgary from 2009-11, but it's encouraging to see a bit of improvement from him, especially on such a dismal Avalanche squad.

February 24, 2017 05:05 PM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Ready to return Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque (head) will return to Colorado's lineup for Saturday's game against the Sabres, Terry Frei of the Denver Post reports.

Bourque's return to action will solidify the Avalanche's depth up front, but won't mean much to fantasy owners, as his limited offensive production -- 13 points in 43 games this season -- keeps him from being a practical option in most formats.

February 21, 2017 03:55 PM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Making progress from injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque is making progress from his head injury and coach Jared Bednar is hopeful that he will return to action soon, but that rules him out for Tuesday night's game against the Kings.

Bourque has now missed 13 of the last 15 games, but finally appears to nearing a clean bill of health. Even so, the veteran winger is averaging just 14:22 of ice time this season, which doesn't allow him to have enough fantasy value even if he wasn't on one of the most anaemic offenses in the league.

February 10, 2017 11:30 PM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Not traveling with team
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque (lower body) is not currently traveling with the team but might meet them at some point during the five-game road trip, Terry Frei of The Denver Post reports.

This assessment presumably rules Bourque out for this weekend's games against the Rangers and Islanders, but leaves open the possibility that he could join up with them if he can get healthy. We'll be sure to update his status if that's the case, but his 13 points on the season should keep him off the majority of fantasy rosters as it is.

February 8, 2017 03:15 PM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Injured again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque (lower body) was back in a non-contact jersey at practice Wednesday.

After a brief return to the lineup, Bourque has now missed two games with this ailment, bringing his total to five thus far. The team did not provide an update on the winger's status, but it seems unlikely he will be ready for Thursday's matchup with the Penguins considering he was not cleared for contact. Even when healthy, the veteran has managed a lone helper in his last 17 outings and offers little in terms of fantasy value.

January 31, 2017 09:30 PM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Ready to go Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque (lower body) will play Tuesday night's road game against the Ducks, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.

Bourque will return to his place on the third line with Blake Comeau on the other wing and Joe Colborne in the middle. If that doesn't sound very enticing, it shouldn't -- the three have combined for just 19 goals this season on a team that averages a league-worst 2.02 goals per game.

January 31, 2017 05:30 PM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Moves off IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque (lower body) was activated from injured reserve ahead of Tuesday's road contest against the Ducks, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

The veteran forward's activation from IR strongly suggests that he'll be in the lineup for this next contest, but either way, fantasy owners aren't likely to be sweating out his status. He's accumulated an uninspiring 13 points in 41 games to go along with a minus-13 goal differential.

January 24, 2017 06:30 PM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Placed on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque (lower body) was designated for injured reserve -- retroactive to Jan. 19 -- on Tuesday.

Jim O'Brien was called up from AHL San Antonio to take Bourque's spot on the active roster. The veteran will be out through the All-Star break, with his next chance to return coming Jan. 31.

January 24, 2017 10:55 PM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Unlikely to go Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque (lower body) has been classified as doubtful for Wednesday's home game against the Canucks and is projected to play again after the All-Star break.

Assuming Bourque does not play Wednesday, it will represent his third straight game missed due to injury. The 35-year-old hasn't netted a goal since Dec. 14 and is nothing more than a bottom-six winger on a really bad team, leaving his fantasy value near rock bottom.

January 23, 2017 01:55 PM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Out of lineup Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque (lower body) won't play in Monday's game against San Jose.

With only eight points in 49 games, the winger barely moves the needle in most leagues. His next chance to return will be Wednesday against Vancouver.

January 21, 2017 03:40 PM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Ruled out Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque (lower body) will not play in Saturday's road game against the Sharks, The Denver Post reports.

It's safe to assume that Bourque will need to practice before the team would consider plugging him back into the lineup -- he missed Friday's session due to the ailment. Andreas Martinsen is expected to slot in on the fourth line with Bourque ailing, though he's projected to be on the left wing while Joe Colborne goes to the right side. Now, the veteran Bourque will try to get healthy for Monday's home clash with Team Teal.

January 20, 2017 11:35 PM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Dealing with lower-body ailment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque missed practice Friday due to a lower-body injury, Terry Frei of The Denver Post reports.

The severity of Bourque's ailment remains unclear, but the veteran winger is considered day-to-day ahead of Saturday's matchup with San Jose, suggesting he may be able to gut it out against the Sharks. If Bourque is unable to play in that one, Andreas Martinsen will likely draw into the lineup in his absence.

January 18, 2017 01:40 AM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Scoreless in milestone game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque went scoreless with a plus-1 and one blocked shot in Tuesday's 6-4 loss against the Blackhawks.

Bourque skated in his 700th career NHL game, but he was unable to record any points for the sixth straight outing. In fact, he's been blanked in 13 of the past 14 contests. At this point in his career, he's only helping fantasy owners in shots on goal (75), penalty minutes (42) and hits (59), and even those contributions haven't been particularly special.

January 2, 2017 12:55 AM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Logs assist in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque picked up an assist in Saturday's 6-2 loss to the visiting Rangers.

The point snapped a seven-game drought for the veteran, who now has nine goals and 13 points through 34 games this year. His 61 shots on goal and 25 PIM aren't bad, but he -- like the majority of the Avs -- has an ugly minus-13 rating, which is actually only fifth worst on the team.

November 30, 2016 01:22 AM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Cracks double-digit points
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque notched his eighth goal on four shots as well as an assist in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to Nashville.

That makes 10 points in 19 games for Bourque -- not an amazing total, but far better than last year's eight points in 49 games with Columbus. A two-time 50-point winger in his golden years, the nearly 35-year-old Bourque is a long way from such production now and should only be utilized in very deep fantasy formats. That goal total is enticing, but the fact that it's come on only 37 shots (a 21.6 shooting percentage) is a major red flag.

November 26, 2016 04:58 PM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Back in action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque (illness) will suit up for Saturday's game against the visiting Canucks, Rick Sadowski of reports.

Bourque ripped Edmonton for a pair of goals in his last game Tuesday, but he may have a tough time against the next Canadian foe. Over 35 career contests, Bourque's minus-13 rating against Vancouver is worse than any other opponent he's faced over his 11-year career.

November 25, 2016 04:06 PM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Misses practice Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque was held out of practice Friday due to an illness.

Hopefully the illness doesn't sideline him for long, as the veteran Bourque was starting to turn on the jets with a pair of goals in his last game. The Avalanche next play Saturday, when they welcome the Canucks to Denver. Bourque should be considered day-to-day ahead of that one.

November 24, 2016 02:25 PM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Scores twice in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque potted a pair of goals in a 6-3 loss to the Oilers on Wednesday.

Bourque now has eight points on the season, seven of which have been goals. He also recorded five shots in this one to give him 32 on the year -- almost two per game -- so he could make for a sneaky play in daily contests or those in the deepest formats desperate for some scoring.

November 12, 2016 12:24 AM
Avalanche's Rene Bourque: Collects two goals in win over Jets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bourque registered two goals -- including the overtime tally -- during Friday's win over Winnipeg.

While Bourque was credited with two goals, the overtime winner actually came off the stick of Winnipeg's Nikolaj Ehlers, so taking Bourque's multi-goal night with a grain of salt is advised. At this point the 34-year-old veteran is nothing more than a desperation own in deep leagues.