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Reports: Tahoe games planned

January 1, 2021 - 5:28 PM ET

Happy New Year! 2021 has to be better than 2020, right? Let's hope so. How cool is this: the NHL is planning to have the Avalanche play Vegas on Feb. 20 on an outdoor rink on part of the golf course at Edgewood Tahoe Resort on the shores of Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada. Boston would play...

Here's Avs 40-man camp roster

January 2, 2021 - 2:45 PM ET

The Avalanche on Saturday released their 40-man training camp roster for the upcoming season. It includes 22 forwards, 14 defensemen and four goalies. Coach Jared Bednar will address the media on a Zoom call Sunday. On-ice workouts begin Monday at the Family Sports Center in Centennial. Specta...

Bednar: We've earned right to be called a Stanley Cup contender

January 3, 2021 - 7:25 PM ET

This is “absolutely” the deepest team the Avalanche have had since Jared Bednar became coach, he said during a Zoom call with the media on Sunday as training camp opened with physicals and medical tests. Bednar also said “it’s great” that plenty of folks believe the Avalanche are a legi...

MacKinnon: Capable of winning Cup; 5 players unfit to practice

January 4, 2021 - 7:23 PM ET

First the bad news: Coach Jared Bednar said five players – Gabriel Landeskog, Philipp Grubauer, Erik Johnson, Brandon Saad and Keaton Middleton (AHL contract) – were “unfit” to practice Monday when the Avalanche had their first official on-ice sessions of training camp. This was a day...

Same 5 remain unfit to practice

January 5, 2021 - 6:24 PM ET

The situation didn’t change Tuesday for the same five Avalanche players who were deemed unfit to practice on Monday, coach Jared Bednar said. Bednar isn’t permitted to disclose any details regarding Gabriel Landeskog, Erik Johnson, Philipp Grubauer, Brandon Saad and Keaton Middleton (AHL cont...

Makar, Toews pairing impresses; Byram to arrive soon after WJC

January 6, 2021 - 6:04 PM ET

Coach Jared Bednar liked what he saw of the Cale Makar/Devon Toews pairing when the Avalanche scrimmaged Wednesday. Toews, who was acquired in October from the New York Islanders, and Makar, who won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie last season, were separated at times because of an une...

Landeskog: 'I'm ready to rock'

January 8, 2021 - 6:22 PM ET

Gabriel Landeskog, Philipp Grubauer and Brandon Saad practiced Friday after missing the previous three days because they were “unfit,” presumably because of COVID-19 protocol. Defenseman Erik Johnson has yet to practice. Defenseman Keaton Middleton, who is on an AHL contract, left camp to get...

EJ still unfit to play; Timmins would be likely replacement

January 9, 2021 - 7:07 PM ET

Erik Johnson remained unfit to practice Saturday and unable to enter the Avalanche’s practice facility. Everyone else was on the ice. Coach Jared Bednar said Conor Timmins likely would take Johnson’s place in the event he isn’t ready to play Wednesday in the season opener against St. Louis....

Grubauer likely starter for opener; 11 assigned to AHL Eagles

January 10, 2021 - 4:51 PM ET

Guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise, but coach Jared Bednar indicated on Sunday that Philipp Grubauer will start Wednesday in the season opener against St. Louis at Ball Arena. “The decision (for) opening night, I’m fully confident Grubi’s going to be able to go and wants to go,” he s...

Tahoe games now official

January 11, 2021 - 4:53 PM ET

It’s official now: the NHL on Monday announced that the Avalanche will play Vegas on Feb. 20 on a rink to be built on a golf course near Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Boston will play Philadelphia there on Feb. 21. Both games will be played without spectators. This was first reported earlier this...

Sakic welcomes Stanley Cup or bust mentality

January 12, 2021 - 3:56 PM ET

It isn’t exactly like the glory days for the Avalanche, but they are taking a Stanley Cup or bust attitude into this season, which begins Wednesday against St. Louis at Ball Arena. “What I like is that’s the way our players feel, and we feel we have as good a shot as anybody else in the lea...

Season underway tonight vs Blues; EJ (COVID) could return Saturday

January 13, 2021 - 3:50 PM ET

Here we go, the 2020-21 56-game season gets underway Wednesday when the Avalanche take on the St. Louis Blues at Ball Arena in what will be their 25th season in Denver. It’ll be the first game in Denver since March 11, when the Avalanche played the New York Rangers in what turned out to be the...

Line, work ethic changes in store; Toews 'fine' after head shot

January 14, 2021 - 6:49 PM ET

Along with changing their mindset for Friday’s rematch with St. Louis, vowing to put in a better effort than they did in their 4-1 loss to the Blues in Wednesday’s season opener, the Avalanche will rework the top two line combinations. Gabriel Landeskog will move back to the first line with N...

Seek split vs. Blues

January 15, 2021 - 3:09 PM ET

Philipp Grubauer will start again Friday at Ball Arena when the Avalanche look to gain a split with St. Louis, which won Wednesday’s opener 4-1. Here are the GAME NOTES. “It’s a shortened season, so every game has a heightened importance,” coach Jared Bednar said after the morning s...

Quite the big-time response; Johnson back, Byram on taxi squad

January 16, 2021 - 6:28 PM ET

Had to figure the Avalanche would come up with a strong response Friday in their rematch with St. Louis after getting outworked in a 4-1 season-opening loss on Wednesday. Can’t say I expected the 8-0 pounding the Avalanche delivered, which included a franchise-matching five power-play goals....

Off to SoCal for 4-game trip

January 18, 2021 - 4:18 PM ET

The Avalanche practiced Monday before departing for Los Angeles and their first road trip of this unique season. They’ll be in a mini-bubble for a two-game set against the Kings on Tuesday and Thursday before playing a two-game series in Anaheim. “It is going to be a little different,” A...

Burakovsky, Francouz are injured; Johnson to make season debut

January 19, 2021 - 4:52 PM ET

Well, that didn’t take long. After playing just two games, two players -- forward Andre Burakovsky and goalie Pavel Francouz -- are injured and won’t dress Tuesday when the Avalanche play Los Angeles to open a four-game road trip. Weird because Burakovsky, who has an upper-body injury, sp...

Cole traded for Pateryn; Burakovsky, Francouz hurt; EJ in

January 19, 2021 - 7:12 PM ET

UPDATED: The Avalanche on Tuesday afternoon traded Ian Cole to Minnesota for Greg Pateryn in an exchange of veteran defensemen who will be unrestricted free agents after the season. The Avalanche reportedly will retain $800,000 of Cole’s $4.25 million average annual value salary. Pateryn has...

Pateryn surprised, happy about trade; Byram debut this week?

January 20, 2021 - 6:43 PM ET

New Avalanche defenseman Greg Pateryn wasn’t expecting a trade Tuesday, but he couldn’t be much happier about the destination. “When I heard I was going to Colorado, I was really excited,” he said Wednesday after practicing with his new teammates. “I mean, I think there’s a lot of peo...

Byram making NHL debut vs. Kings; Miska gets start in goal

January 21, 2021 - 3:54 PM ET

Defenseman Bowen Byram will make his NHL debut and goalie Hunter Miska his Avalanche debut on Thursday in Los Angeles. Defenseman Greg Pateryn, acquired from Minnesota for Ian Cole on Tuesday, also will play against the Kings. Byram will wear No. 4, Pateryn No. 5 and Miska No. 32. “I was...

Grubauer returns to face Ducks

January 22, 2021 - 3:42 PM ET

Philipp Grubauer returns to the crease Friday when the Avalanche play in Anaheim, the third game of their four-game road trip. Here are the GAME NOTES. Hunter Miska, in his first NHL start, made 23 saves Thursday when the Avalanche turned a 2-0 lead into a 4-2 loss in Los Angeles. Defense...

Burakovsky back vs Ducks

January 24, 2021 - 7:00 PM ET

Andre Burakovsky will play Sunday in Anaheim when the Avalanche close out their four-game road trip. Burakovsky, who had a goal in each of the season’s first two games, missed the first three games of the trip with an upper-body injury. Here are the GAME NOTES. Coach Jared Bednar has ju...