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Avalanche Sign Dominic Toninato

Aug 16, 2017 4:26 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have signed forward Dominic Toninato to a two-year, entry-level contract through the 2018-19 season. Toninato became a college free agent on Aug. 15.

Toninato, 23, wrapped up a four-year career with Minnesota Duluth in 2016-17, serving as team captain during his senior season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound center registered 29 points (16g/13a) in 42 games and finished with a team-high +25 plus/minus rating, helping the Bulldogs capture their first-ever National Collegiate Hockey Conference title and advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game. He was named to the NCHC All-Tournament Team alongside current Avalanche forward Tyson Jost and named the league’s best defensive forward, finishing with 29 blocked shots.

In 151 career games with Minnesota Duluth, Toninato accumulated 91 points (54g/37a) and finished with a +43 plus/minus rating.

“We are excited to announce that Dominic has decided to sign with our organization,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “He is a big, responsible two-way center and represents a solid prospect for the future of our team.”

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U.S. Men's Hockey Names Tony Granato Coach

Aug 4, 2017 1:37 AM

Tony Granato, former coach of the Avalanche and the current coach at Wisconsin, has been tapped to coach the U.S. men's team for the 2018 Olympics, a source told ESPN's John Buccigross.

Granato, 53, left a job as an assistant coach for the Detroit Red Wings to take the Wisconsin position in March 2016. 

Former NHL veteran Chris Chelios, Penguins executive Scott Young and Yale coach Keith Allain have been hired as assistant coaches, the source told ESPN's Buccigross.

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Mikhail Grigorenko Signs Deal With CSKA Moscow

Jul 7, 2017 1:29 PM

Former Avalanche center Mikhail Grigorenko returned to Russia on Friday, signing a three-year contract with KHL club CSKA Moscow.

Grigorenko had been an unrestricted free agent in the NHL after his contract with Colorado expired.

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Avs Sign Goalie Jonathan Bernier

Jul 1, 2017 6:28 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have signed free-agent goaltender Jonathan Bernier to a one-year contract, the team announced Saturday.

The 28-year-old Bernier appeared in 39 games for the Anaheim Ducks this past season, posting a 21-7-4 record with a 2.50 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.

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Hawks Win To Clinch Ninth Straight Playoff Berth

Mar 20, 2017 2:26 AM

After a sluggish start, Jonathan Toews and the Blackhawks stormed back late with a rapid-fire rally to strengthen their grip on first place in the Central Division -- and the Western Conference.

Toews scored twice, and Richard Panik and Artemi Panarin each had a goal in a span of 3:02 in the third period to erase Colorado's two-goal lead and send the Blackhawks past the Avalanche 6-3 on Sunday night for their fifth straight win.

The victory, combined with Los Angeles' 5-2 loss at Calgary on Sunday, clinched Chicago's ninth straight playoff berth.

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Henrik Lundqvist Records 400th Win

Feb 12, 2017 3:05 AM

Henrik Lundqvist made 32 saves for his 400th career win, and the New York Rangers earned their fifth consecutive victory by beating the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 on Saturday.

Lundqvist is the 12th goaltender in NHL history with at least 400 wins and the first European-born goaltender to reach the mark.

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NHL Eyeing Games In Sweden, China

Feb 3, 2017 6:41 PM

While the NHL's participation in the 2018 Olympics in South Korea remains very much in doubt, the league and its players are close to finalizing two international events next season -- one in Sweden and one in China.

The NHL is awaiting word from the NHLPA on whether they will approve two regular-season games between the Avalanche and the Senators, in Stockholm, Sweden, on Nov. 10-11, as well as two preseason games between the Kings and the Canucks, in China, a source familiar with the discussions told ESPN.

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Matt Duchene Open To Trade From Avs

Jan 27, 2017 12:08 PM

Center Matt Duchene, who leads the last-place Colorado Avalanche in goals, said he's open to a move as the Feb. 28 trade deadline approaches.

"I'm open to it," Duchene told The Denver Post on Wednesday. "When I say open to it, I know it's part of the business, and it's something that might happen. I'm not hiding from it. I'm not running away. I'm not banging my head. I understand it's part of what we deal with as pro athletes."

Duchene, 26, has two more years, worth $6 million per season, on his current deal.

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Patrick Marleau Scores Four Goals In Third Period

Jan 24, 2017 2:03 AM

Patrick Marleau's four-goal flurry in a 13 1/2-minute span helped the San Jose Sharks beat the last-place Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.

The left wing became the 12th player in NHL history to score four goals in a period and the first since Mario Lemieux on Jan. 26, 1997, at Montreal, according to the NHL.

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Landeskog Doesn't Want To Be Traded From Avs

Jan 17, 2017 5:54 PM

Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog said he does not want to be traded, reiterating that he wants to be a part of last-place Colorado's rebuild.

The last-place Avalanche dealt veteran forward Cody McLeod to the Predators in exchange for prospect Felix Girard.
"I want to be an Avalanche, to stay an Avalanche and be in Denver for a long, long time," Landeskog told the Denver Post on Monday.

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Avs Trade Cody McLeod To Predators For Prospect
The Avs have sent veteran Cody McLeod to the Predators for Felix Girard.

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Jackets Trade Goloubef To Avs For Stanton
The Blue Jackets have assigned Ryan Stanton to the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL.

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Roy In No Rush To Return To Coaching
Patrick Roy has kept a low profile since leaving the Avs in August.

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Avs Name Jared Bednar Head Coach
Jared Bednar replaces Patrick Roy as coach of the Colorado Avalanche.

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Patrick Roy Resigns As Coach Of Avs
Patrick Roy said that he was not on the same page with the organization.

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Avs Sign Tyson Barrie To Four-Year Deal
Tyson Barrie led all Colorado defenseman with 49 points in 78 games last season.

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Avs, Mikhail Grigorenko Agree To One-Year Deal
Mikhail Grigorenko scored six goals and had 21 assists for the Avs last season.

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Nathan MacKinnon Signs Seven-Year, $44.1M Deal With Avs
Nathan MacKinnon scored 21 goals and had 31 assists for the Avs last season.

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Barrie, Kreider Among 24 Players Filing For Salary Arbitration
The NHL players' teams must now decide Wednesday whether to go to arbitration.

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Avs Place Brad Stuart On Waivers
The Avalanche have the intention of buying out Brad Stuart's contract.

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Avs Acquire Grimaldi From Panthers For Berra
Rocco Grimaldi scored three goals in 20 games for the Panthers last season.

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Avs Part Ways With Greg Sherman
Greg Sherman had spent five seasons as GM before Joe Sakic's promotion in 2014.

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Sakic: 'Roy Will Return For Another Season'
The Avalanche have missed the NHL playoffs for a second straight season.

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Avs Send Three Players To Coyotes For Mikkel Boedker
The Coyotes receive Alex Tanguary, Conner Bleackley, and Kyle Wood in the deal with the Avalanche.

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Ducks Claim Chris Wagner Off Waivers From Avs
The Ducks have assigned Chris Wagner to the AHL San Diego Gulls.

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Avs Send Colin Smith, Draft Pick To Leafs For Shawn Matthias
Shawn Matthias had scored six goals for the Maple Leafs this season.

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NHL Names Varlamov, Oshie, Koivu 'Three Stars'
Semyon Varlamov went 3-0-0 with one shutout to help the Avs extend their winning streak to five games.

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NHL Names Kane, Holtby, Duchene 'Three Stars' For November
Patrick Kane led the NHL with 15 assists and 23 points to guide the Hawks to a 7-3-3 month of November.

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NHL Names Duchene, Zuccarello, Reimer 'Three Stars'
Avs center Matt Duchene led the NHL with four goals and eight points for the week ending November 15.

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Avs Claim Chris Wagner Off Waivers From Ducks
The Avs have also placed Semyon Varlamov on injured reserve with a groin injury.

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