For a second consecutive offseason, the Montreal Canadiens acquired a young RFA center with first-round pedigree who hadn’t found an opportunity to bust out with his original team. And for a second consecutive offseason, the Habs have signed that player to a four-year extension.
This Colorado Avalanche wrap-up is going to be a little different. Last week, we didn’t do one simply because the news was coming so fast and furious. Now, we’ve got a little time to breath, and it’s time to recap what’s happened over the last two (busy) weeks.
The busiest week on the NHL calendar – the one encompassing the Entry Draft and the start of free agency – is finally behind us, with the Colorado Avalanche being one of the most active organizations over the past month.
If there is anything I’ve learned in my 6+ years of covering the Colorado Avalanche, it’s that they always get their man. It may take months, sometimes years, but if they’re interested in a player, they usually find a way to make it happen.
On Wednesday afternoon, Erik Johnson said his final goodbye to the Colorado Avalanche and their fans. He joined Brett Kane, Marc Moser, and Vic Lombardi on Altitude Sports Radio for almost an hour, and discussed a variety of topics.
Some holes have been filled, but more still needs to be done. With the madness of free agency opening over the weekend slowly dying down, the Avs have made some moves and built up more of their roster.
The AHL affiliate has a familiar face as new bench boss. After Greg Cronin departed the Centennial state to become the new head coach of the Anaheim Ducks, the Colorado Eagles were left with a vacancy behind their own bench.
The Colorado Avalanche have found Greg Cronin’s replacement in the AHL, and they didn’t have to go very far to find him. Aaron Schneekloth, who has spent the last 10 years on the Colorado Eagles coaching staff, including two very successful seasons as their head coach, will, once again, be the leading man in Loveland.
And just like that, Development Camp for the Colorado Avalanche has come and gone. There won’t be any actual hockey played until a lot of these same prospects show up for Rookie Camp in about two months.
Development camp for the Colorado Avalanche kicked off on Monday, but a some of the top prospects for the team were not available to skate. Callum Ritchie, Sean Behrens, and Jean-Luc Foudy were just a few of the players on the roster, but not available to skate.
The prospects and young players for the Avalanche are gathering. Lost in the hoopla of the recently concluded NHL draft and free agency is the fact that the Colorado Avalanche organization is currently conducting its annual summer development camp for all its prospects and new minor league signees.
The rookies got their work cut out on ice. The first on-ice sessions began Monday morning for the Colorado Avalanche development players and rookies. This included several invites such as two of the three goalies, including 6-foot-8 Cooper Black who looked like a monster in the net.
The Colorado Avalanche have defenseman Jack Johnson signed a one-year contract worth $775,000. Johnson previously played for the Avalanche during the 2021-22 season and was part of their Stanley Cup-winning roster.
The Colorado Avalanche re-signed RFA defenceman Bowen Byram to a new contract. The deal runs for two years, expiring after the 2024-25 season. The deal pays Byram a total of $7.7 million, equating to an $3.85 million cap hit annually.