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Avalanche's Jordan Gross: Signs with Avs
Gross (lower body) signed a one-year contract with the Avalanche on Saturday.
Gross will compete for a third-pairing spot on the deep Colorado blue line. The 26-year-old Minnesota native appeared in nine games for the Coyotes over the past two seasons, notching four assists. He was sidelined by a lower-body injury to finish last season, and it's unclear whether Gross has recovered at this time.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Tyson Jost: Re-signs for two years
Jost signed a two-year, $4 million extension with the Avalanche on Friday.
Jost has been a decent bottom-six contributor for the Avalanche, as he would have broken the 20-point mark for a fourth consecutive season if last year had been a full-length campaign. The 10th overall selection from the 2016 draft isn't asked to do too much on a deep Avalanche team, but Jost has the skills to move up the lineup and hold his own when injuries strike.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Dylan Sikura: Given one-year contract
Sikura penned a one-year, two-way deal with the Avalanche on Thursday.
Sikura was only able to crack the lineup on six occasions for the Golden Knights last year in which he registered two goals one eight shots while logging 10:15 of ice time. His chances to play at the NHL level won't be any better with Colorado, making him a low-end fantasy option at best.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Stefan Matteau: Pens one-year contract
Matteau snagged a one-year, two-way deal from Colorado on Thursday.
Matteau -- who played in 18 games for the Blue Jackets last year -- figures to remain a fringe roster play for Colorado. With just 11 points in 91 contests, fantasy players shouldn't be expecting Matteau to generate a lot of fantasy value even when he does crack the Avs' lineup.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Darren Helm: Signs one-year contract
Helm penned a one-year, $1 million deal with Colorado on Thursday, Darren Dreger of TSN reports.
Helm was selected by the Red Wings in the fifth round of the 2005 NHL Draft and has spent the past 14 seasons playing in Detroit. Now, the Manitoba native will be donning a different sweater for the first time in his career. The 34-year-old figures to slot into a bottom-six role and can still contribute in the 15-20 point range.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Pavel Francouz: Will be ready for 2021-22
Francouz (lower body) is slated to be healthy for training camp in the fall according to general manager Joe Sakic, Altitude Sports Radio reports.
Francouz missed the entirety of the 2020-21 campaign due to his lower-body issue. Despite the Avs having lost Philipp Grubauer in free agency, the 31-year-old Francouz figures to remain the No. 2 option behind trade acquisition Darcy Kuemper.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Roland McKeown: Headed west to Colorado
McKeown signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Avalanche on Wednesday, Sportsnet's Chris Johnston reports.
McKeown hasn't played an NHL game since the 2017-18 season, so this is little more than a depth signing for the Avalanche. It's unlikely the 25-year-old blueliner will be able to unseat anyone from the Avalanche's current defense corps for an everyday job, and he could spend much of the year with AHL Colorado.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Darcy Kuemper: Traded to Colorado
Kuemper was traded by the Coyotes to the Avalanche in exchange for defenseman Connor Timmins, a 2022 first-round pick and a conditional 2024 third-round pick Wednesday, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Colorado was in desperate need of a No. 1 netminder after losing Philipp Grubauer to the Kraken in free agency, and they got just that in Kuemper, who's been excellent for the Coyotes over the past three seasons, going 53-42-13 while posting an admirable 2.34 GAA and .922 save percentage. Colorado is once again poised to be one of the best team's in the NHL in 2021-22, so Kuemper could emerge as one of this year's top fantasy netminders.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog: Staying in Colorado
Landeskog signed an eight-year contract worth $56 million with the Avalanche on Tuesday, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.
It took until just about the deadline for Landeskog to sign a deal at maximum term to stick with the Avalanche. The 28-year-old enjoyed one of his strongest seasons last year, racking up 20 goals and 52 points in only 54 contests. The Swede will likely continue in his top-six role with linemates Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen, which should maintain Landeskog's value as a solid early-to-mid-round option at left wing.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Kurtis MacDermid: Traded to Colorado
MacDermid was traded by the Kraken to the Avalanche in exchange for a 2023 fourth-round pick on Tuesday, PuckPedia reports.
MacDermid appeared in 28 games with the Kings last season, picking up four points while posting a minus-14 rating. The 6-foot-5 blueliner will likely serve as a rotational, bottom-pairing option for Colorado in 2021-22.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Andrei Buyalsky: Overager joins Colorado
Buyalsky was drafted 92nd overall by the Avalanche at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
This was Buyalsky's third year of draft eligibility, as wasn't selected in either 2019 or 2020. A native of Kazakhstan, Buyalsky came over and spent the season in the USHL and played well (15 goals, 32 points in 36 games) for Dubuque. He's a big kid (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) who should be able to stay in the middle moving forward. Given his advanced age, it's imperative Buyalsky makes an immediate impact when arriving on campus at the University of Vermont this coming fall.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Sean Behrens: Excellent pick for Colorado
Behrens was drafted 61st overall by the Avalanche at the 2021 NHL Draft on Saturday.
These days, there are countless NHL rearguards that win with their brains as opposed to size and strength, and there are plenty of reasons to believe Behrens could join that group in short order. A product of the USNTDP and committed to attend the University of Denver next season, Behrens possesses the ability to control the game from the back end in addition to joining the rush and creating offense when opportunities present themselves. Behrens is a solid all-around player, with a lack of size (5-foot-10, 175 pounds) being his only main drawback. Behrens will likely need a minimum of two collegiate seasons in order to bulk up, but there is middle-pairing upside here. This was a nice selection for Colorado.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Cale Makar: Signs six-year extension
Makar signed a six-year, $54 million contract extension with the Avalanche on Saturday, PuckPedia reports.
Makar is just 22 years old and has already established himself as one of the best defensemen in the league, having posted an eye-popping 20 goals, 94 points, 225 shots and a plus-29 rating while averaging 22:26 of ice time per contest in 101 appearances through his first two NHL seasons. The fourth overall pick from the 2017 Draft will continue to be a Norris Trophy candidate as well as a high-end fantasy asset for years to come.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Oskar Olausson: Middle-six potential drafted 28th
Olausson was drafted 28th overall by the Avalanche at the 2021 NHL Draft on Friday.
Olausson is single-minded in his offense -- go to the net. That is, when he's engaged. Otherwise, he floats on the perimeter. Olausson is a skilled sniper with a sharp shot who needs to better use his teammates to move to the next level. That will come over time. He projects into the Avs' middle six.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Kiefer Sherwood: Pens one-year deal
Sherwood signed a one-year extension with the Avalanche on Thursday, PuckPedia reports.
Sherwood drew into 16 games with the Avalanche in 2020-21, picking up three helpers while averaging 8:48 of ice time per contest. The 26-year-old winger will likely once again be deployed sparingly as a rotational, bottom-six option with Colorado next season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog: Won't be taken by Seattle
Landeskog has not signed with Seattle ahead of Wednesday night's Expansion Draft, so he won't be selected by the Kraken, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Landeskog has made it pretty clear that his preference is to remain with the Avalanche, so it isn't surprising to hear he wasn't able to come to terms on a handshake deal with the Kraken prior to Wednesday night's Expansion Draft. With Landeskog off the table, Joonas Donskoi appears to be the leading Colorado candidate to get snagged by Seattle.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Gabriel Landeskog: Left unprotected by Avs
Landeskog was not included on the Avalanche's protection list ahead of the Seattle expansion draft, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
With negotiations between Landeskog and the Avalanche not particularly close at this time, it makes sense the team left the unrestricted free agent off the protection list. The Kraken will be allowed an exclusive negotiation period with Landeskog and all other free agents prior to Wednesday's expansion draft, although it's unclear if there is any mutual interest between the two parties at this time. The Swede put up 20 goals and 52 points in 54 contests last season.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Mikhail Maltsev: Traded to Avalanche
Maltsev (undisclosed) and a 2021 second-round draft pick were traded from the Devils to the Avalanche in exchange for Ryan Graves on Thursday.
Maltsev recorded nine points in 33 games as a rookie last season while logging bottom-six minutes. It's unclear if the 23-year-old Russian forward will be able to make much of an impact with the Avalanche, but he could compete for a third-line role. He missed the last five games of the regular season due to injury, and his status ahead of 2021-22 has not been announced yet.... See More ... See Less
Avalanche's Jonas Johansson: Re-signs with club
Johansson secured a one-year, two-way contract with Colorado on Tuesday.
Johansson played in just eight games for the Avs after being acquired from Buffalo at the trade deadline. In those contests, the 25-year-old netminder posted a solid 5-1-1 record with a 2.06 GAA and one shut out. Whether Johansson secures a spot on the 23-man roster for Opening Night will likely depend on whether the team re-signs both Philipp Grubauer and Devan Dubnyk.... See More ... See Less
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