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Colorado Avalanche Sign Tyson Barrie to Two Year Contract Through 2015-2016 Season
September 4th, 2014 at 7:53 PM
As the NHL preseason draws nearer, the Colorado Avalanche have taken care of their last bit of contract business before the season begins. Budding defenseman Tyson Barrie has been signed to a deal that will keep him in an Avalanche uniform for the next two seasons. The deal is reportedly...

Which Colorado Avalanche Prospect is Most Likely to Debut This Season?
August 14th, 2014 at 6:07 PM
With the depth that the Colorado Avalanche currently have on the roster, the team appears to be in pretty good shape heading into the upcoming season. While that is good for the team and the fans, it does mean that some of the young prospects in the developmental system will...

2014-2015 Season Player Preview: Erik Johnson
July 14th, 2014 at 10:45 PM
For a former first overall pick, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson has quietly settled into a role as half of the team's top defensive pair. Although his usual partner for the last couple of seasons has been Jan Hejda, it is expected that next season Johnson will be paired with...

2014-2015 Season Player Preview: Brad Stuart
July 10th, 2014 at 9:45 PM
Amidst all of the commotion on the first day of free agency, the Colorado Avalanche acquired a player who was not a free agent. On July 1, the day that free agency opened, Colorado struck a trade with the San Jose Sharks, sending them two future draft picks for defenseman...

2014-2015 Season Player Preview: Jan Hejda
June 26th, 2014 at 4:06 PM
With the retirement of goaltender J.S. Giguere from the NHL, defenseman Jan Hejda becomes the oldest player on the Colorado Avalanche roster at 36. Even though he is in the twilight of his career, Hejda continues to play at a high level, as he and teammate Erik Johnson are the regular...

2014-2015 Season Player Preview: Tyson Barrie
June 13th, 2014 at 5:37 PM
***PHOTO1*** This past season was a certified breakout campaign for Colorado Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barrie. He was not a regular in the lineup at the start of the year, though he soon thereafter became one, so he only played in 64 of Colorado's 82 games during the regular season. In those...

2014-2015 Season Player Preview: Cory Sarich
June 6th, 2014 at 5:23 PM
On a team that is so well known for its young core of up and coming players, defenseman Cory Sarich is one of the few veterans with a lengthy NHL resume. He was a rookie with the Buffalo Sabres during the 1999-2000 season, then spent seven years with the Tampa Bay...

2014-2015 Season Player Preview: Patrick Bordeleau
June 4th, 2014 at 9:30 PM
There has been a trend over the last couple of seasons with the Colorado Avalanche of late bloomers finding an NHL home with the team. Defensemen Nick Holden and Andre Benoit, two players who fit that bill, have already been discussed on Avalanche 101. Another player, forward Patrick Bordeleau, has recently...

2014-2015 Season Player Preview: Andre Benoit
May 30th, 2014 at 7:10 PM
Few players have had as long a wait or as many stops on their road to establishing themselves in the NHL as Colorado Avalanche defenseman Andre Benoit. His teammate Nick Holden, about whom there is another article on Avalanche 101, had a similarly long road, as he was a 26...

Edmonton Oil Kings are the 2014 Memorial Cup Champions
May 26th, 2014 at 8:00 AM
They had to do it the hard way, but Colorado Avalanche prospect Cody Corbett and the Edmonton Oil Kings have won the 2014 Memorial Cup following a 6-3 win over the Guelph Storm. The OHL Champion Storm had been undefeated in the tournament leading into the Memorial Cup championship game against...

2014-2015 Season Player Preview: Nick Holden
May 21st, 2014 at 5:52 PM
Finding a place in the NHL has been a long road for Colorado Avalanche defenseman Nick Holden. He just turned 27 several days ago, and has only just completed his rookie season. That by itself is incredibly remarkable, considering that for most players, if you're on the north side of...

Colorado Avalanche Moving on with Ryan Wilson Taking Tyson Barrie’s Spot
April 24th, 2014 at 7:00 AM
As the Colorado Avalanche prepare for Game 4 against the Minnesota Wild, defenseman Ryan Wilson will fill the void left by Tyson Barrie after he was taken out of the playoffs by Minnesota's Matt Cooke. Wilson is an experienced NHL defenseman who plays with plenty of physicality, and he is...

Colorado Avalanche Fall 1-0 in Overtime in Game 3, Tyson Barrie Injured
April 21st, 2014 at 9:12 PM
Despite a heroic performance from Vezina Trophy candidate Semyon Varlamov, the Colorado Avalanche dropped Game 3 to the Minnesota Wild 1-0 tonight at Xcel Energy Center. Varlamov made 45 saves in what was arguably his best game of the entire season, but shot number 46 was the one that found its way...

Tyson Barrie Has Become Mr. Clutch for the Colorado Avalanche
April 8th, 2014 at 3:45 PM
It is rather amazing how many times the same script has played out in Colorado Avalanche games this season. The game is nearly over, defeat looms, and young defenseman Tyson Barrie delivers a clutch goal to preserve points in the standings for his team. He has three overtime goals this...

Colorado Has Options with Young, Tall Blueline
January 17th, 2013 at 8:18 PM
With only two current defensemen over the age of 30, youth will be served on the Colorado Avalanche blueline. Not only are they young, but tall. Five of the current players are over six foot tall. That starts and ends with Erik Johnson. The former number one overall draft pick will...

Avs Defenseman O’Byrne Signs with ECHL’s Everblades
November 30th, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Colorado defenseman Ryan O'Byrne is taking his talents to the Sunshine State. With no results in the lockout, O'Byrne has signed to play the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, located outside of Ft. Myers. "At some point, you have to play some hockey," he said in an interview with the Times Colonist...

Colorado Avalanche Greats by Number: 60 and Over
November 20th, 2012 at 9:15 PM
In the final part in the series, all jersey numbers over 60 are listed. Click here for part six. 60: Jose Theodore (2006-08), former Hart Trophy winner, was acquired for David Aebischer in 2006. Prior to arriving in Colorado, he famously failed a drug test before the start of the Olympics. His...

Colorado Avalanche Greats by the Numbers: 50 Through 59
November 17th, 2012 at 9:30 PM
This is the sixth installment in the series. Numbers 56 and 58 will not be on here because nobody in Colorado history has worn either of those jerseys. Click here for part five. 50: Brian Willsie (2000-2003, 08-10) was drafted 146th in the 1996 draft. He did not make the roster...

Colorado Avalanche Greats by the Numbers: 40 Through 49
November 15th, 2012 at 5:57 PM
Here is fifth installment in the series, Colorado Avalanche greatest players by jersey number: 40 through 49. Click here for part four. 40: Alex Tanguay (1999-2006) has his number 18 retired for the Halifax Mooseheads. He scored at least one point in his first five games as a rookie, including his first...

Colorado Avalanche Greats by the Numbers: 30 Through 39
November 12th, 2012 at 4:52 PM
Here is the fourth installment in the series, Colorado Avalanche greatest players by jersey numbers: 30 through 39. Click here for part three. 30: Marc Denis (1996-2000) was drafted in the first round in the 1995 draft as the goalie of the future. It never worked out for Denis, who only...