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Avalanche Signs Toninato

College free agent inks entry-level deal

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Dominic Toninato to a two-year, entry-level contract through the 2018-19 season. Toninato became a college free agent on Aug. 15.

Toninato, 23, wrapped up a four-year career with Minnesota Duluth in 2016-17, serving as team captain during his senior season. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound center registered 29 points (16g/13a) in 42 games and finished with a team-high +25 plus/minus rating, helping the Bulldogs capture their first-ever National Collegiate Hockey Conference title and advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four championship game. He was named to the NCHC All-Tournament Team alongside current Avalanche forward Tyson Jost and named the league's best defensive forward, finishing with 29 blocked shots.

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Burgundy/White Game Set For Sept. 17

The annual event returns to the University of Denver for a fourth straight year

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club will hold its annual Burgundy/White Game on Sunday, Sept. 17, at Magness Arena on the campus of the University of Denver. Puck drop is scheduled for 10 a.m.

DU will host the event for the fourth consecutive year and for the eighth time overall, more than any other location. Magness Arena was also the site of the contest in 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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Getting To Know: Cale Makar

The No. 4 overall draft pick is heading to UMass next season

by Matt Shwayder / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Cale Makar was Colorado's first selection (first round, fourth overall) at the 2017 NHL Draft, which was held at United Center in Chicago on June 23-24. Makar spent the last two years in the Alberta Junior Hockey League with the Brooks Bandits and is set to continue his playing career at the University of Massachusetts Amherst next year. 

The Calgary, Alberta, native had 24 goals and 51 assists (75 points) this past season with the Bandits, and the defenseman followed his regular-season performance with 16 more points (five goals, 11 assists) in 13 postseason contests, leading his team to a second-consecutive AJHL championship. He also earned regular-season and playoff MVP honors and was named the Canadian Junior Hockey League Player of the Year.

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Rookie Rewind: Spencer Martin

The goaltender showed versatility and confidence during his first stint in the NHL

by Miranda Einhorn / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Midway through the 2016-17 season, an opportunity emerged for netminding talent of the Colorado Avalanche to gain NHL experience. The Avs were facing goaltender injuries and looking for fresh faces to guard between the pipes. Cue in Colorado prospect Spencer Martin, goalie for the American Hockey League's San Antonio Rampage.

Martin was a then 21-year-old keeper with little premier professional experience. However, when he was asked to step up to the NHL, the goalie accepted the new role with poise and made a great impression during his first stint in the big leagues.

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Summer Social Media Roundup

The Avs shared lots of exciting activities this offseason.

by Miranda Einhorn / ColoradoAvalanche.com

This summer, the Colorado Avalanche have been busy training, fishing, getting married and playing hockey. Take a look at some of the best offseason moments the Avs have shared.

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Getting To Know: Tyson Jost

The Avalanche's 2016 first-round draft pick tells all

by Erin Hodges / ColoradoAvalanche.com

Forward Tyson Jost was selected No. 10 overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2016 NHL Draft in Buffalo, New York. 

Jost played for the University of North Dakota during the 2016-17 campaign, where he recorded 16 goals and 17 assists over 33 games. He signed a three-year, entry-level contract with Colorado on March 29 and made his NHL debut two nights later against the St. Louis Blues on home ice. He played in the Avs' final six contests of the season and finished with one goal, which he registered against the Minnesota Wild on April 6 at Pepsi Center.

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From The KHL To The NHL, Mironov Is Ready

The Avalanche's 2015 Draft pick is no stranger to professional hockey

by Erin Hodges / ColoradoAvalanche.com

When Andrei Mironov inked his two-year, entry-level deal with the Colorado Avalanche on May 12, it marked the first time that he would be preparing to play for a non-Russian team.

Since he was 5 years old, Mironov had competed for the Dynamo Moscow organization, beginning with its youth clubs and up through its professional squad in the Kontinental Hockey League. He was on its Minor Hockey League team, HC MVD Balashikha, in the 2011-12 season after he was drafted in the fourth round, 103rd overall, in the 2011 KHL Junior Draft.

He then made the jump to the professional game the following season and helped Dynamo Moscow win the Gagarin Cup. He appeared in an impressive 40 games as a rookie and tallied five assists in the regular season before adding another helper in the playoffs en route to the club becoming league champions.

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Rookie Rewind: Duncan Siemens

The defenseman gained confidence and experience in the NHL this season.

by Miranda Einhorn / ColoradoAvalanche.com

ColoradoAvalanche.com is profiling players who just completed their rookie seasons with the organization. This installment takes a look at defenseman Duncan Siemens.

A first-round selection (No. 11 overall) by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2011 NHL Draft, defenseman Duncan Siemens made his way back to NHL ice this season.

After playing in the season finale against the Chicago Blackhawks in 2014-15, Siemens had spent the majority of the past two seasons with the Avs' American Hockey League affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. He led the Rampage as an alternate captain this past year, tallying seven points (two goals and five assists) and racking up 100 penalty minutes in 73 games. He ranked second among Rampage players for games played.

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31 in 31

Colorado Avalanche fantasy preview for 2017-18

Retaining top players can help Jost make smooth transition in first NHL season

by Pete Jensen @NHLJensen / NHL.com Senior Fantasy Editor

As part of NHL.com's 31 in 31 series, our fantasy hockey staff is breaking down each team's fantasy landscape. Fantasy-relevant players are listed in order of rank in NHL.com's top 250. Today, we look at the Colorado Avalanche.

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Colorado Avalanche key statistics

Even-strength scoring, special teams need to improve

by Rob Vollman / NHL.com Correspondent

NHL.com is providing in-depth analysis for each of its 31 teams throughout August. Today, three key statistics for the Colorado Avalanche.

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