Latest Mikko Rantanen News

Cup champion Avalanche still team to beat in NHL's West

Oct. 05, 2022 16:29 PM EDT

Roman Josi looks around the Western Conference — and the NHL at-large — and does not see a lot of easy games for his Nashville Predators. Still, he acknowledges, “Colorado is the team to beat.” The defending Stanley Cup champion Avalanche are favored to again...

Avs launch Cup defense after summer filled with celebrations

Sep. 28, 2022 17:06 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Mikko Rantanen can’t believe how quickly the summer flew by. One moment the Colorado Avalanche were riding through the streets of Denver on firetrucks and the next they’re back on the ice. “But it was a good reason for a short summer,” the Avalanche forward...

Parade and parties over, Avs focus on Stanley Cup defense

Sep. 22, 2022 13:23 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Erik Johnson just didn’t have enough hours in the day for all of the plans he had for his new companion, the Stanley Cup. The veteran Colorado defenseman made the rounds the best he could this month as he celebrated the Avalanche’s first title since 2001. For...

AP source: MacKinnon signs 8-year deal, highest paid in NHL

Sep. 20, 2022 18:47 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche are making Nathan MacKinnon the highest-paid player in the NHL’s salary cap era. MacKinnon, who just turned 27 earlier this month, signed an eight-year contract worth $100.8 million, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The...

Avalanche promote Sakic to president of hockey operations

Jul. 11, 2022 18:06 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Joe Sakic's title has changed. His task has not: Keep the Colorado Avalanche at the summit of hockey. The Stanley Cup champion Avalanche promoted Sakic on Monday to president of hockey operations, which means he no longer deals with the day-to-day general manager...

Gaudreau, Kadri among players to watch in NHL free agency

Jul. 11, 2022 17:52 PM EDT

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. Each had a career year at the perfect time. Calgary Flames...