2021 Colorado Avalanche Offseason Primer

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As a shortened and hectic offseason approaches, Last Word on Hockey is looking ahead towards how teams will deal with the reality of a flat salary cap. In terms of building a franchise, the offseason is the most crucial time of the year for front offices. However, due to COVID-19, the short-term future of how […] READ MORE


Colorado Avalanche Suffer More Injuries With Pierre-Edouard Bellemare

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The Colorado Avalanche continue to suffer more injuries. This time it is Pierre-Edouard Bellemare suffering a lower-body injury. The ailment comes as a result of a neutral zone collision early in a victory against the San Jose Sharks. The team announced the update Friday afternoon. Avalanche Endure One More Injury with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare The 35-year-old […] READ MORE


Colorado Avalanche Forwards Depth is Among League’s Best

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Forward depth is absolutely vital in the modern NHL. Teams like the Colorado Avalanche simply cannot rely on one or two lines. That means teams have had to get more creative and aggressive over the years in constructing four quality lines. Teams even need to consider how good their 13th or 14th forwards are thanks […] READ MORE


Colorado Avalanche Should Consider Keeping Matt Nieto

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The Colorado Avalanche‘s role players have done excellent work this year. Matt Nieto is one of those players that has done well in limited usage. The veteran forward will be a free agent after the 2019-20 season but he might worth an extension considering his contributions to the team. Avalanche Should Keep Matt Nieto Nieto […] READ MORE


Colorado Avalanche Valeri Nichushkin Proving His Worth

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The Colorado Avalanche made one of the more curious offseason moves when they signed Valeri Nichushkin this past summer. The former Dallas Stars forward was available after a season so poor that Dallas bought him out of his contract. Nichushkin wasn’t expected to do much but has been a key part of the bottom-six due […] READ MORE


Columbus Blue Jackets Nick Foligno Suspended

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The NHL Department of Player Safety has announced that Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno has been suspended for three games. This is Foligno’s first suspension. Columbus’ Nick Foligno has been suspended for three games for Elbowing Colorado’s Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. https://t.co/hvxyOshaXf — NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) November 11, 2019 Nick Foligno Suspended Foligno has been […] READ MORE


Colorado Avalanche Vladislav Kamenev has Golden Opportunity

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There is a golden opportunity for Colorado Avalanche prospect Vladislav Kamenev. The former 2nd round pick has lost much of his lustre with season-ending injuries in consecutive seasons. He has been pushed down the depth chart and was a healthy scratch through Colorado’s first 11 games but is back on the ice. It’s time for […] READ MORE


Colorado Avalanche Pierre-Edouard Bellemare Excelling Early

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It wasn’t seen as a big deal when the Colorado Avalanche signed Pierre-Edouard Bellemare from the Vegas Golden Knights this past off-season. The 34-year-old was projected to play on the team’s fourth line as well as contribute to the penalty kill. However, he has turned into something more than that early in the season and […] READ MORE


The NHL’s Best Depth Players

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Every Stanley Cup contender shares a similar makeup. They boast a handful of stars, a reliable starting goalie, and a solidified roster thanks to tremendous depth players. While star talent is much-needed, it’s become continually apparent that depth is what wins titles. The St. Louis Blues made this evident with their 2019 Stanley Cup win, […] READ MORE


Projecting The Colorado Avalanche Lines

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Now that the front office has finished the majority of the off-season work, one issue facing head coach Jared Bednar is the question of how he will put together the Colorado Avalanche lines in 2019-20. General manager Joe Sakic brought in four new faces to improve scoring, but it is impossible to know how players will […] READ MORE