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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...

Avs start moves toward defending title, bring back Cogliano

Jul. 05, 2022 17:19 PM EDT

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...

Parade of champs: Avs live it up as they celebrate Cup title

Jun. 30, 2022 18:35 PM EDT

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. Later, Erik Johnson took the stage and got the crowd to participate in a giant sing-along to the team’s adopted anthem, “All The...

After parade, work begins for Avs in bid to repeat as champs

Jun. 29, 2022 17:02 PM EDT

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...

Avalanche, Lightning show importance of making smart trades

Jun. 27, 2022 17:41 PM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — In a copycat league known for following the Stanley Cup champions, Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog paused when asked what other teams could do to emulate their success. With a grin, Landeskog replied: “Find a Cale Makar somewhere.” ...

Fastest 5 minutes in hockey: How speedy Avs won Stanley Cup

Jun. 27, 2022 00:28 AM EDT

Playing hockey on fast forward, the Colorado Avalanche blazed their way to the Stanley Cup championship with a mix of speed and high-end skill that needed only a defined focus to get over the top. There was never any denying a team featuring Nathan MacKinnon, Cale Makar, Gabriel...

Avalanche dethrone Lightning to win Stanley Cup for 3rd time

Jun. 27, 2022 00:19 AM EDT

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nathan MacKinnon could not find the words. Gabriel Landeskog cracked a smile and a joke. After years of playoff disappointments, the Colorado Avalanche are back atop hockey’s mountain after dethroning the two-time defending champions. Behind a...

Avs can't close out Lightning in Game 5 loss at Ball Arena

Jun. 25, 2022 00:20 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Keep the champagne chilled. It's back to the slushy ice of Amalie Arena for the Colorado Avalanche after they failed to close out the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Stanley Cup Final. “It's not supposed to be easy, and it's not going to be easy,” Avs captain Gabriel...

Avalanche a win away from dethroning 2-time champ Lightning

Jun. 23, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Cale Makar and the Colorado Avalanche weren't all that interested in glancing back at the simmering controversy over the way Game 4 ended in overtime. Of way more importance was looking ahead to this: A chance to clinch the franchise's first Stanley Cup title since...