Johnny Hockey moved East, though not as far as everyone thought. The champs out West couldn’t keep the entire band together. And two teams with lengthy playoff droughts made some moves hoping to change that.
DENVER (AP) — The Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche added more depth at forward by signing Evan Rodrigues to a one-year, $2 million deal on Monday.
The move comes on the heels of losing Nazem Kadri in free agency to Calgary.
LONDON, Ontario (AP) — Calgary Flames forward Nazem Kadri brought the Stanley Cup to his hometown mosque on Saturday.
It was a day filled with pride and joy for the 31-year-old Kadri, who won the title with the Colorado Avalanche this past season.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Nazem Kadri is going to the Calgary Flames, leaving the Colorado Avalanche after helping them win the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2001.
Calgary announced a $49 million, seven-year contract Thursday, meaning Kadri will count $7 million against the salary cap through 2029.
While Evgeni Malkin is returning to Pittsburgh, Johnny Hockey is testing the free agent market.
The top players expected to be available in NHL free agency include an MVP candidate who might have the chance to go home and a veteran who flipped his old playoff script to become a Stanley Cup champion.
DENVER (AP) — The Stanley Cup championship celebrations are quieting down for the Colorado Avalanche. Time to get down to the business of defending their title.
Colorado's first big move in what's sure to be a busy offseason was re-signing veteran forward Andrew Cogliano to a one-year deal Tuesday.
DENVER (AP) — There was Nathan MacKinnon jumping off the fire truck so he could walk the streets and shake hands with the swarm of Avalanche fans.
DENVER (AP) — Nazem Kadri will be jubilantly waving to the fans at the parade Thursday through the streets of Denver.
Possibly waving goodbye, too.
Some tough decisions loom for the Colorado Avalanche after dethroning the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final.
Jon Cooper backtracked and shifted a possible missed call to the rearview mirror with the expertise of a coach who has been here before. Counterpart Jared Bednar, on the verge of his first NHL championship, sought to settle the issue once and for all and move on.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche are on the verge of their first Stanley Cup title since 2001, thanks to Nazem Kadri's overtime goal.
Even if the two-time defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning don't believe it should have counted.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nazem Kadri scored at 12:02 of overtime — — perhaps with too many Colorado players on the ice — and the Avalanche beat Tampa Bay 3-2 on Wednesday night in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final to move within a victory of dethroning the two-time defending champion Lightning.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche got a key player back with the return of center Nazem Kadri for Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night.
Kadri been out since injuring his thumb when he was boarded by Evander Kane in Game 3 of Colorado’s four-game sweep over the Edmonton Oilers in the Western Conference Final.
DENVER (AP) — Marinate on this for a quick moment: Colorado has 11 goals in the Stanley Cup Final so far, and not one from star forward Nathan MacKinnon.
The always-pushing-the-pace Avalanche are clicking on all cylinders, even with MacKinnon's scoring held in check and Nazem Kadri sidelined by a thumb injury.
DENVER (AP) — Injured Colorado Avalanche forwards Nazem Kadri and Andrew Cogliano skated with an assistant coach Thursday after missing Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Tampa Bay Lightning (51-23-8, third in the Atlantic Division) vs. Colorado Avalanche (56-19-7, first in the Central Division)
Denver; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Avalanche -158, Lightning +135; over/under is 6
DENVER (AP) — There were quite a few big names missing from the ice for Colorado's practice on Thursday: Captain Gabriel Landeskog, defensemen Devon Toews and Josh Manson, forward Andre Burakovsky.
With Nazem Kadri out with an injury, Colorado's Mikko Rantanen shifted to center to take his spot and was on the receiving end of a few chops on the back of his leg from Edmonton's Duncan Keith that sent him to the ice.
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Nazem Kadri is a major reason the Colorado Avalanche are one win away from the franchise's first trip to the Stanley Cup Final in more than two decades.
DENVER (AP) — As an early birthday present, Colorado backup goaltender Pavel Francouz received a whole lot of defense and a shutout to go with it.
St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington acknowledged Tuesday he threw an empty water bottle at Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri after Game 3 of the second-round series between the Western Conference rivals.
St. Louis Blues (49-22-11, third in the Central Division) vs. Colorado Avalanche (56-19-7, first in the Central Division)
Denver; Wednesday, 8 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Avalanche -249, Blues +202; over/under is 6.5
DENVER (AP) — Nazem Kadri held his hand near his ear to absorb the boos from St. Louis fans after one of his three goals.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Nazem Kadri had the last laugh.
Kadri scored three goals, including two during a four-goal second period barrage, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the St. Louis Blues 6-3 on Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in their Western Conference series.
Nazem Kadri had a powerful response to quiet all the haters.
Refusing to buckle in the face of death threats, racial slurs, a booing St. Louis crowd and a few post-whistle hits, the Avalanche forward scored three times — including the game-winner — in a 6-3 victory over the Blues on Monday night.
DENVER (AP) — That water bottle tossed toward Colorado Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri hardly came out of nowhere.
For two straight postseasons, Kadri has been the agitator that makes Colorado go and the pest that drives the St.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Despite regaining the edge in their second-round series, the Colorado Avalanche aren't satisfied.
Artturi Lehkonen scored twice, Darcy Kuemper stopped 29 shots and the Avalanche beat the St.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Blues goaltender Jordan Binnington departed Game 3 of the second round against Colorado after colliding with Avalanche forward Nazem Kadri 6:45 into the first period Saturday night.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche lost goalie Darcy Kuemper late in the first period. Their power play is so strong right now that's all they lost.
Gabriel Landeskog scored twice in the second period, and the top-seeded Avalanche beat the Nashville Predators 7-3 Saturday for a commanding 3-0 lead in their first-round Western Conference series.
DENVER (AP) — Matt Duchene scored the lone goal of the shootout and David Rittich stopped all three attempts as the Nashville Predators rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-4 on Thursday night.
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche met Tuesday morning to figure out what was suddenly ailing one of the top teams in the league.
Team leaders had their say. Coaches, too. The message sank in — whatever that exact message may have been.
St. Louis Blues (49-20-11, third in the Central) vs. Colorado Avalanche (55-18-6, first in the Central)
Denver; Tuesday, 9:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: St. Louis comes into a matchup with Colorado as winners of three consecutive games.
Los Angeles Kings (39-26-10, third in the Pacific) vs. Colorado Avalanche (52-14-6, first in the Central)
Denver; Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Avalanche -255, Kings +205; over/under is 6
Pittsburgh Penguins (41-18-10, third in the Metropolitan) vs. Colorado Avalanche (48-14-6, first in the Central)
Denver; Saturday, 3 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Nazem Kadri leads Colorado into a matchup against Pittsburgh.
San Jose Sharks (29-29-8, sixth in the Pacific) vs. Colorado Avalanche (47-14-6, first in the Central)
Denver; Thursday, 9 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Avalanche -337, Sharks +262; over/under is 6
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Valeri Nichushkin scored two power-play goals and Darcy Keumper stopped 44 shots as the Colorado Avalanche edged the Calgary Flames 2-1 Tuesday night in a matchup of Western Conference division leaders.
Colorado Avalanche (46-14-6, first in the Central) vs. Calgary Flames (40-17-8, first in the Pacific)
Calgary, Alberta; Tuesday, 9 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Nazem Kadri and Colorado hit the ice against Calgary.
DENVER (AP) — Cale Makar wasn't even aware he accomplished a little team history. He had to be told by a teammate on the bench.
Individual stats mean little to him. That's just the way he's wired.
Philadelphia Flyers (21-32-11, seventh in the Metropolitan) vs. Colorado Avalanche (45-14-5, first in the Central)
Denver; Friday, 9 p.m. EDT
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Avalanche -424, Flyers +324; over/under is 6.5
DENVER (AP) — Brock Boeser and J.T. Miller scored 1:52 apart early in the third period, Jaroslav Halak stopped 32 shots and the Vancouver Canucks beat the NHL-leading Colorado Avalanche 3-1 on Wednesday night.
Vancouver Canucks (30-26-8, fifth in the Pacific) vs. Colorado Avalanche (45-13-5, first in the Central)
Denver; Wednesday, 9:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: The Vancouver Canucks visit Colorado after Mikko Rantanen scored two goals in the Avalanche's 3-2 overtime victory against the Oilers.
Edmonton Oilers (35-23-4, third in the Pacific) vs. Colorado Avalanche (44-13-5, first in the Central)
Denver; Monday, 9:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Nazem Kadri leads Colorado into a matchup with Edmonton.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Valeri Nichushkin scored two goals and the Colorado Avalanche withstood a late San Jose rally to beat the Sharks 5-3 on Friday night for their third victory in a row.
Cale Makar added a goal and two assists and Nazem Kadri and Darren Helm also scored for Colorado, which leads the NHL with 93 points and is 27-5-3 since Jan.
Colorado Avalanche (42-13-5, first in the Central) vs. Los Angeles Kings (33-20-8, second in the Pacific)
Los Angeles; Tuesday, 10:30 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Colorado visits the Los Angeles Kings after Nathan MacKinnon scored two goals in the Avalanche's 3-0 win over the Flames.
Colorado Avalanche (41-12-5, first in the Central) vs. Carolina Hurricanes (39-12-5, first in the Metropolitan)
Raleigh, North Carolina; Thursday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Nazem Kadri leads Colorado into a matchup with Carolina.
Colorado Avalanche (41-11-5, first in the Central) vs. New Jersey Devils (20-31-5, seventh in the Metropolitan)
Newark, New Jersey; Tuesday, 7 p.m. EST
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Devils +173, Avalanche -213; over/under is 6
NEW YORK (AP) — Cale Makar had two goals and an assist, Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, and the Colorado Avalanche held off the New York Islanders 5-4 Monday night to snap a two-game skid.
Colorado Avalanche (40-11-5, first in the Central) vs. New York Islanders (21-23-8, sixth in the Metropolitan)
Elmont; Monday, 7:30 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Nazem Kadri and Colorado take on New York.
DENVER (AP) — Johnny Gaudreau ended what had all the feel of a playoff game with a breakaway goal early in overtime.
Coming up clutch in OT? He’s certainly no stranger to that.
The Calgary forward scored 37 seconds into the extra period, Elias Lindholm had two goals and the red-hot Flames beat the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 on Saturday night in a matchup between two of the Western Conference’s top teams.