The Avalanche signed Justus Annunen to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Colorado picked Annunen in the third round of the 2018 draft and is viewed as the potential future in net for them. The 20-year-old netminder was spectacular in the Finnish Elite League in 2019-20, going 15-5-3 while leading the league in both GAA (1.77) and SV% (.920). He also represented Finland at the World Juniors in 2020, where he finished the tournament with a 2.65 GAA and .916 SV% in six starts.
The Avalanche signed Jacob MacDonald to a two-year contract extension.
MacDonald spent the entire 2019-20 season in the AHL, picking up 16 goals with 26 assists (42 points) in 56 games. His 42 points led all Colorado (AHL) defensemen and was fourth among all AHL blueliners.
The Avalanche signed T.J. Tynan to a one-year contract extension.
Tynan picked up just one assist in 16 NHL games this season, spending most of the year in the AHL. While with the Colorado Eagles, he picked up five goals and 42 assists, leading the team with 47 points and being named an AHL All-Star.
MacKinnon will miss 1-2 weeks with a lower-body injury.
MacKinnon left Monday's game with a lower-body injury after getting tangled up with Martin Frk. The 1-2 week timeline means MacKinnon will miss 4-8 games. Martin Kaut was recalled from Colorado (AHL) and will draw into the lineup to replace MacKinnon on Wednesday. However, Vladislav Namestnikov could be the one to shift to centre on the first line.
Source: Cono 03/11/20, 1:48 pm EST
Francouz will start Wednesday vs. the Rangers.
Francouz allowed three goals on 35 shots in Colorado's loss in Los Angeles on Monday. Francouz will make his fifth straight start tonight despite losing three of his last four (1-2-1) while posting a 3.70 GAA and .868 SV%. In come the Rangers, who have won 10 of their last 11 road games while averaging 3.73 goals per game.
Source: Ryan Clark 03/11/20, 2:08 pm EST
Makar (upper-body) will return to the Colorado lineup on Wednesday.
Makar missed the last five games with an upper-body injury but will play tonight vs. the Rangers. Makar will likely replace Kevin Connauton and comes in with five assists in his last 10 games.
Francouz will start again Monday in Los Angeles.
Francouz allowed three goals on 25 shots in Colorado's win in San Jose last night. The win ended a brief two-game losing stream for Francouz but he's now surrendered a combined 12 goals on 79 shots (.848 SV%) in his last three games. In his first start against the Kings, Francouz allowed one goal on 21 shots in a 2-1 shootout win (Feb.22).
Francouz will start Sunday in San Jose.
Source: Ryan Clark 03/8/20, 5:30 pm EST
Francouz will start Friday in Vancouver.
Source: Ryan Clark 03/6/20, 3:04 pm EST
Makar (upper-body) did not travel to Vancouver.
The Avalanche start a three-game road trip Friday in Vancouver but Makar did not join the team for the start of the trip. This rules him out of tonight's game but head coach Jared Bednar said that the rookie defenseman could join them on the road at some point.
Source: Ryan Clark 03/6/20, 10:17 am EST
Burakovsky (lower-body) did not travel to Vancouver.
The Avalanche start a three-game road trip Friday in Vancouver but Burakovsky did not join the team for the star of the trip. This isn't that surprising since Colorado already said that he would likely miss a few more games but head coach Jared Bednar said he could join the team at some point.
Source: Ryan Clark 03/6/20, 10:16 am EST
The Avalanche have recalled Sheldon Dries from Colorado (AHL).
Dries leads the Eagles with 21 goals while adding 14 assists (35 points) in 49 AHL games this season. He has six points (3G / 3A) in 43 career NHL games.
Source: Ryan Clark 03/5/20, 1:03 pm EST
The Avalanche have recalled Kevin Connauton from Colorado (AHL).
Connauton has appeared in just one NHL game this season but has played terrific in the AHL, ranking second among Eagles defensemen with 27 points (5G / 22A) in 38 games.
Source: Ryan Clark 03/5/20, 12:29 pm EST
The Avalanche have reassigned Martin Kaut to Colorado (AHL).
Kaut played in eight straight NHL games, scoring two goals on 11 shots (18.2 SH%) and one assist in 10:03 ATOI. He returns to the AHL, where he had 16 points (5G / 11A) in 31 games before being called up.
Source: Ryan Clark 03/5/20, 12:27 pm EST
Burakovsky (lower-body) is expected to miss a few more games.
Burakovsky did not come out for Colorado's morning skate and will not play tonight vs. the Ducks. Head coach Jared Bednar expects him to miss a few more games, so don't expect to see him Friday in Vancouver or Sunday in San Jose. Vladislav Namestnikov will remain on the top line with Burakovsky out.
Source: Ryan Clark 03/4/20, 1:28 pm EST
Makar (upper-body) will not play on Wednesday.
Makar was not on the ice for the morning skate and will miss his second straight game with an upper-body injury. Makar is listed as day-to-day, so considering him questionable for Friday's game in Vancouver.
Source: Ryan Clark 03/4/20, 1:26 pm EST
Francouz will start Wednesday vs. the Ducks.
Francouz stopped 30 of 32 shots in Colorado’s win in Nashville last Saturday. Michael Hutchinson gave him the night off on Monday, so they’ll come back to Francouz tonight vs. the Ducks. Francouz has won six straight games with a 1.32 GAA, .957 SV% and one shutout and faces an Anaheim team that has gone 2-5-1 while scoring 2.38 goals per game in their last eight games.
Makar (upper-body) a late-scratch in Detroit.
Source: Ryan Clark 03/2/20, 7:27 pm EST
Burakovsky (lower-body) remains day-to-day; will not play on Monday.
Burakovsky will miss his second straight game with a lower-body injury and head coach Jared Bednar called him "day-to-day." With Burakovsky out, Vladislav Namestnikov is expected to be on the top line with Nathan MacKinnon.
Source: Ryan Clark 03/2/20, 1:53 pm EST
Hutchinson will start Monday in Detroit.
Hutchinson will make his first start with the Avalanche after Pavel Francouz started the last seven straight games. Head coach Jared Bednar will use tonight's easy matchup to get Francouz a breather but he should start the remaining three games of the week. Hutchinson struggled with the Maple Leafs, going 4-9-1 with a 3.66 GAA and .886 SV%, but stopped 29 of 30 shots in a 4-1 win in his only start vs. the Red Wings (Dec.21).
Source: Marc Moser 03/2/20, 1:19 pm EST