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Avalanche Re-Signs Mark Barberio

Defenseman inks two-year deal with Colorado

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has re-signed defenseman Mark Barberio  to a two-year contract through the 2019-20 season.

Barberio, 28, matched a career high with 13 points (3g, 10a) in 2017-18 despite missing 46 games due to injury. The Montreal, Quebec, native finished the season with a +6 plus-minus rating, tied for fourth on the team, and had a career-long, four-game point streak from Dec. 9-14. He played in all six of Colorado's postseason contests against the Nashville Predators, tallying one assist, and ranked third on the team in time on ice, averaging 22:18 per game.

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Avalanche Signs Mark Alt

Defenseman inks two-year deal with Colorado

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed defenseman Mark Alt to a two-year contract through the 2019-20 season.

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Avalanche Signs Igor Shvyrev

Colorado's 2017 draft pick inks three-year, entry-level contract

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Igor Shvyrev to a three-year, entry-level contract beginning in the 2018-19 season.

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Avalanche Signs Pavel Francouz

Goaltender inks one-year deal with Colorado

by Colorado Avalanche @Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Pavel Francouz (pa-VEHL FRAN-soos) to a one-year contract for the 2018-19 campaign.

Francouz, 27, spent the last three seasons with Traktor Chelyabinsk of the KHL in Russia. He was 15-11-5 in 2017-18 with a 1.80 goals-against average and a .946 save percentage. The Plzen, Czech Republic, native compiled a 32-27-11 record, a 1.73 goals-against average and a .945 save percentage in 83 career regular-season contests and was 8-9 in 18 career postseason games with a 1.98 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.

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MacKinnon Named Hart Memorial Trophy Finalist

Avalanche forward up for the NHL's most valuable player award

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK - Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon , New Jersey Devils left wing Taylor Hall and Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar are the three finalists for the 2017-18 Hart Memorial Trophy, awarded "to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team," the National Hockey League announced today.

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MacKinnon Named Finalist For Ted Lindsay Award

Trophy given to the most outstanding player as judged by members of the NHLPA

by National Hockey League Players' Association @NHLPA / NHLPA.com

TORONTO - The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today the three finalists for the 2017-18 Ted Lindsay Award (TLA): forwards Taylor Hall of the New Jersey Devils, Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche and Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. The TLA is presented annually "to the most outstanding player in the NHL," as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.

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Bednar Named Jack Adams Finalist

Head coach Jared Bednar led Colorado to 95 points in the 2017-18 campaign

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

Jared Bednar (Colorado Avalanche), Bruce Cassidy (Boston Bruins) and Gerard Gallant (Vegas Golden Knights) were named finalists for the Jack Adams Award on Wednesday, given annually to the coach voted best in the NHL.

The winner will be announced at the 2018 NHL Awards presented by Hulu at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 20.

Bednar coached the Avalanche to one of the best single-season turnarounds in NHL history. Colorado (43-30-9) earned 95 points, a 47-point increase from when they finished last in the standings in 2016-17, and clinched a Stanley Cup Playoff berth for the first time since 2013-14. The Avalanche won 28 games at home, tying their record set in 2000-01. Bednar is a first-time finalist who could become the third coach in Avalanche/Quebec Nordiques history to win the award (Patrick Roy, 2013-14; Marc Crawford, 1994-95).

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Start Time Set For Avalanche-Predators Game 6 on Sunday

Colorado hosts Nashville at 5 p.m. MT

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK - The National Hockey League today announced that the starting time of Game 6 of the First Round series between the Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche has been set for 5 p.m. MT on Sunday, April 22, in Colorado. The game will be broadcast locally on Altitude and nationally in the U.S. on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

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Avalanche Weekly Update - April 19

The Avs and Preds will play Game 5 in Nashville on Friday

by Colorado Avalanche / ColoradoAvalanche.com

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Avalanche Playoff Notes

POSTSEASON DEBUTS: Nine players have made their Stanley Cup Playoff debut in this series. Sven Andrighetto, J.T. Compher, Samuel Girard, Tyson Jost, Alexander Kerfoot, Mikko Rantanen, David Warsofsky, and Nikita Zadorov all played their first postseason contest in Game 1 of the series, and Duncan Siemens skated in his first playoff game in Game 2.

PLAYOFF FIRSTS: Jonathan Bernier made a postseason career-high 29 saves in Game 3 on Monday, earning his first playoff win as a starter. Patrik Nemeth and Mark Barberio each notched their first career playoff points in Game 3, while Tyson Jost picked up his first career point in the playoffs in Game 4 on Wednesday. Nikita Zadorov registered his first career postseason goal in Game 1, and J.T. Compher and Alexander Kerfoot notched their first career playoff points in Game 2.

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NHL Announces Start Time For Avalanche-Predators Game 5

Puck drop is set for 7:30 p.m. MT in Nashville

by National Hockey League @NHL / NHL.com

NEW YORK - The National Hockey League today announced the following updates to the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round schedule:

The start time of Game 5 of the First Round Series between the Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators has been set for 7:30 p.m. MT in Nashville. In the U.S., the game will be televised locally on Altitude and nationally on NBCSN. In Canada, the game will be on SN360 and TVA Sports.

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