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Author: Robert MacDonald

Colorado Avalanche Semyon Varlamov Re-Asserting Himself

CHICAGO, IL – MARCH 06: Semyon Varlamov #1 of the Colorado Avalanche makes a save against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center on March 6, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Blackhawks defeated the Avalanche 2-1 in overtime. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) This summer, the Colorado Avalanche acquired Philipp Grubauer, the former backup of the Washington Capitals. With incumbent Semyon Varlamov in the final year of his deal, it seemed an appropriate time to bring in a young up-and-comer like Grubauer. After backing up Braden Holtby for the past few seasons, Grubauer’s strong play drew the attention of Avs General Manager Joe...

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Colorado Avalanche Center Nathan MacKinnon Proves Last Season Was No Fluke

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – OCTOBER 16: Nathan MacKinnon #29 of the Colorado Avalanche skates against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on October 16, 2018 in New York City. The Rangers defeated the Avalanche 3-2 in the shootout. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) One the biggest storylines of last season was the emergence of Colorado Avalanche Center Nathan MacKinnon. The youngster broke out in a big way in his fifth NHL season, becoming the elite forward he was projected to be when he was drafted with the first overall pick in 2013. It didn’t come entirely out...

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San Jose Sharks Fantasy: Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson May Eat into Each Other’s Value

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY – OCTOBER 14: Brent Burns #88 of the San Jose Sharks skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on October 14, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Sharks 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) The San Jose Sharks made a major splash this summer with the acquisition of elite offensive defenseman Erik Karlsson. Karlsson spent the entirety of his nine-year career with the Ottawa Senators prior to the trade. Now a Shark, Karlsson joins an already-strong blueline group. San Jose has two of the top defensemen in the entire league...

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In the Crease: Sergei Bobrovsky Could Test Free Agency

COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 27: Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) holds up a broken hockey stick during the second period in a game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Winnipeg Jets on October 27, 2017, at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH. Blue Jackets defeated the Sabres (Photo by Adam Lacy/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) For the past seven years, Sergei Bobrovsky has been the go-to goaltender for the Columbus Blue Jackets. In fact, he’s cemented himself as one of the best in the entire NHL. Affectionately known as “Bob”, the goalie holds every record of interest for the...

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Marc-Andre Fleury’s Health is Key to Vegas Golden Knights Success

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – SEPTEMBER 28: Marc-Andre Fleury #29 of the Vegas Golden Knights takes a break during a stop in play in the third period of a preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings at T-Mobile Arena on September 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Golden Knights defeated the Kings 2-0. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) One of the most beloved players in the NHL today, Marc-Andre Fleury will be playing for the Vegas Golden Knights for the foreseeable future. It still feels weird to a degree, though. After all, the guy backstopped the Pittsburgh Penguins for well over...

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Colorado Avalanche Roster Almost Finalized

DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 16: Mark Barberio #44 of the Colorado Avalanche advances the puck against the Washington Capitals at Pepsi Center on November 16, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) After their preseason loss to the Dallas Stars last night, the Colorado Avalanche reduced their roster again. Now down to 29, the Avalanche roster needs just six more cuts to reach the 23-man maximum. Another (mostly) unsurprising bunch of names went down to the AHL for the Avs. This leaves the toughest decisions for last, as expected. All six players released have been reassigned to...

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UFA Chris Stewart Signs with Slovan Bratislava in the KHL

ST PAUL, MN – OCTOBER 31: Chris Stewart #10 of the Minnesota Wild waits for a face-off against the Winnipeg Jets during the game on October 31, 2017 at Xcel Energy Center in St Paul, Minnesota. The Jets defeated the Wild 2-1. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) KHL Club Slovan Bratislava have signed unrestricted free agent forward Chris Stewart to a one-year contract. UFA Chris Stewart, who split last season with the #Flames and #Wild, has signed a 1 year deal to play with HC Slovan Bratislava in the KHL. Stewart (30) has played for 7 clubs over the past...

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Vegas Golden Knights Re-Sign Shea Theodore

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 28: Shea Theodore #27 of the Vegas Golden Knights is defended by Devante Smith-Pelly #25 of the Washington Capitals during the first period in Game One of the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Final at T-Mobile Arena on May 28, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) The Vegas Golden Knights have re-signed restricted free agent Shea Theodore to a seven-year contract worth 36.4 $million, or $5.2 million per season AAV. This contract expires at the end of the 2024-25 season. Shea Theodore signs a seven-year extension with #VGK at an AAV of $5.2M....

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