Colorado Avalanche News

The Avalanche have signed Samuel Girard to a seven-year deal worth $35.0M ($5.0M AAV).

Girard posted a career-high with 27 points (4G / 23A) in 82 games last season. Girard will be the man in Colorado to start 2020 following the trade of Tyson Barrie. However, Cale Makar could quickly elevate up the depth chart but Girard will likely play on the top-pair and second power-play to open the season.

Source: Colorado Avalanche 08/2/19, 11:17 am EST

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The Avalanche have re-signed Sheldon Dries to a one-year contract.

Dries split his 2019 campaign between the Colorado Avalanche and Colorado Eagles (AHL). During his time in the NHL, the 25-year-old centre had three goals and three assists in 40 games. Dries will likely be a fringe NHLer to start the 2020 season. The P-E Bellemare signing this offseason will likely push him back to the NHL to start though.

Source: Colorado Avalanche 07/28/19, 9:15 am EST

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The Avalanche have signed Anton Lindholm to a two-year deal worth $1.485 million ($742.5K AAV).

After appearing in 48 games with the avalanche in 2018, Lindholm spent almost all of 2019 in the AHL. The 2014 fifth-round pick had one goal and seven assists in 57 AHL games and has four assists in 68 career NHL games. With Cale Makarset to play in his first full NHL season and Conor Timmins turning pro, Lindholm likely won’t be on the Avalanche roster to start 2020.

Source: Colorado Avalanche 07/23/19, 6:53 pm EST

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The Avalanche signed J.T. Compher to a four-year deal worth $14.0 million ($3.5M AAV).

Compher set career-highs in goals (16), assists (16) and points (32) in 66 games last season. Compher averaged 17:29 TOI/gm but carried a -4.1 relative CorsiFor% but will likely get bumped down the depth chart following the addition of Nazem Kadri this summer. Compher should settle in as Colorado’s third line centre and could thrive against the oppositions’ bottom-6.

Source: Mike Chambers 07/19/19, 4:52 pm EST

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The Stars have placed Valeri Nichushkin on waivers for the purpose of a buyout.

Nichushkin has been a huge disappointment for the Stars since selecting him No.10 overall in 2013. Nichushkin failed to live up to expectations early in his career before going to the KHL for two years (2017 and 2018). He returned to the NHL last year but did not score a goal while collecting just 10 assists in 57 games. Nichushkin has one-year left on his deal that carries a $2.95M cap-hit (per PuckPedia).

Source: Andy Strickland 06/29/19, 11:24 am EST

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