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Avs sign Artem Anisimov to PTO; Rookie camp schedule released

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Artem Anisimov has been signed by the Avalanche to a professional tryout contract. Like a lot of guys the Avs seem to take a flyer on, Anisimov spent time in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization at the same time guys like Jared Bednar and Chris MacFarland did.

The 34-year-old Russian has had a pretty decent NHL career to this point, with 771 games to his credit and 376 points (180 goals). He can play center and left wing, and the Avs are likely thinking of him as a potential LW guy should Alex Newhook not look good enough to take such a role in training camp.

The Avs clearly are stockpiling some potential diamond-in-the-rough depth personnel for the season with these PTOs, starting with the Jack Johnson signing last week. I will say about Artem Anisimov what I said about Johnson: If the Avs wind up playing either of these guys a lot, it means something has gone wrong with the guys ahead of them on the depth chart. But that’s not to say it might not work out well for either of them, and the team. We’ll have to see what happens.

It’s a bit of a worrisome thing, quite frankly, that the Avs are dipping this low into the “unsigned, scrap-heap” pile of names here, for potential top-6 help up front. I don’t want to me a negative Nancy here, but these are always longshot, risky signings. They rarely work out.

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I give you such names as Rene Bourque and Sven Andrighetto and Joe Colborne and Nail Yakupov and…I’ll stop now.


Here is the Avs’ rookie camp schedule. First come, first served!

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gurnblanston

Didn’t Nuke make the team under a PTO? That worked out pretty well.

peter martin

These two are 34. Seems more like personal favors from McFarland. There was also Dano and that guy from Boston.

idavsfan

Posted this in a previous thread but want to get it out there in a more current one –

Would you trade Girard and Compher for Tarasenko and maybe a 2nd or 3rd rounder in 2023? It appears the Avs are trying to fill the void losing Donski and Saad has created. Losing Compher isn’t hard to backfill, the D pairing would be:

Makar | Toews
Byram | EJ
Murry | J Johnson

Barron could replace Murry if he’s ready.

Joshua Canfield

I find that trade intriguing. Jack Eichel is definitely off of the table because of what Buffalo is asking for. But I could see a Tarasenko trade working. Girard’s cap hit is $5m, Compher’s is $3.5m and Tarasenko commands $7.5m. Because Girard is so young and an important part of our blue line, I think the Avs would want a little extra in return. So, maybe Girard, Compher and a 2022 4th rounder pick for Tarasenko (retaining 25% of his salary, $5.6m/year) and a 2nd round pick (conditional that the Avalanche make it to the Stanley Cup and Tarasenko plays… Read more »

Yan Girard

A player can be undersized. That’s not a problem. The important is what the player brings at the team. The size isn’t a measure of the efficiency of a player on an ice rink. To answer at your question, Tarasenko was available at expansion draft and Seattle didn’t select him. This demonstrates you the value of Tarasenko on the market. Tarasenko will be 30 years old in December while Girard is only 23 years old. Tarasenko come from Russia and it remains only 2 years at his contract while Girard has again 6 years at his contract. Tarasenko was injured… Read more »

JUSTIN GIFFIN

Dear God, no. I wouldn’t take Vlad for G straight up, let alone giving up JT, too. Jack Johnson is terrible now & only serviceable as a 7th-8th D. He’s barely better than KMD on the blue line. EJ & Murray are made of glass already & are sure to miss time with injury (not to mention that Vlad has only played 34 games in the last two seasons COMBINED), so you want to give away youth & defensive depth for a broken player entering his 30s & trust a bunch of other older guys on the downslide on the… Read more »

Joshua Canfield

I agree. I do find the trade rumors around Tarasenko interesting. While he a pure goal scorer, a sniper, he’s also aging with a history of injury and a $7.5m cap hit. I don’t seeing Sakic move Girard (especially after last year’s contract extension) unless it was for a star player he couldn’t turn down.

Its still fun to imagine what a trade would look like to get Tarasenko over to Denver.

The_Last_Ray_Gun

I wouldn’t trade Girard for Tarasenko straight up even if they threw in two firsts. The amount of hate Girard gets in this comment section is just utterly baffling.

Yan Girard

I agree perfectly with you!

Matt Briggle

No. Absolutely not under any circumstances. First thing is that on probably 15 other teams G is a top pairing/first PP player and is worth a lot more than that on the market. Second, losing Timmins was a big enough blow to the defensive depth with two injury prone guys back there in Murray and EJ. If JJ is playing regular games this season then he’s either found the fountain of youth or things have gone very wrong. I see the Anisimov signing as insurance against someone in the middle 6 not having a good camp or possible mid season… Read more »

Joshua Canfield

Agree. I don’t see Sakic moving Girard. Especially since he extended his contract last year which means Girard is apart of Sakic’s long term plans.

ricoflashback

Yeah, at $5M a year and a five year contract, Girard is an albatross for the Avs. That’s why you see the JJ tryout. For some reason, Sakic doesn’t get it through his thick skull that the Avs lack physicality, grit and are undersized on defense. Timmins was average, at best, so no great loss there. Nice height but not a strong skater or checker. Slow with hardily any speed. Not real physical and zero on the offensive side. You’ll get to see him with Arizona this year. Newhook has scoring potential and you can have smaller players on offense… Read more »

Yan Girard

It remains 6 years at the contract of Girard and not 5 years. Replace Girard for JJ and trade Girard for a dozen of sticks…Fortunately that you aren’t GM.

ricoflashback

Yikes!!! Worse than I thought. Six years of SG? Sakic as a GM and I have the same number of Stanley Cup Wins – – none, as in zero. Can’t even get out of the 2nd Round. Repeat – – you cannot win a Stanley Cup with the Sam Girard’s of the world unless you have the best goaltender and five All-Stars on defense. You can’t give up half the defensive zone with Sammy’s shift in the playoffs. You can’t have a “puck moving only” defenseman (whose skills are minimized in the playoffs) that can’t move anybody from in front… Read more »

Yan Girard

Sakic is a Hall of fame and one of the players of the best ever in NHL. He won two Stanley Cup in his career. How many Stanley Cup for you? Sakic is surrounded of an important hockey experts team for all hockey decisions regarding the Avs. Sakic has a plan and knows his hockey unlike you. You seem to believe to know the magic recipe to lead the Avs at the Stanley Cup. If that was so easy, all NHL teams would win the Stanley Cup every year. There is only one Girard in NHL. The last season, Tampa… Read more »

Joshua Canfield

Seriously. Girard’s $5/yr contact ends in the 2026-2027 season and he even has a modified no-trade clause the last three seasons. I see no scenario where Sakic trades Girard. He was one of the first pieces in the rebuild.

The_Last_Ray_Gun

Good thing we have Erik Johnson back there. at 6’4” and 225 lbs, he’ll probably never get hurt…

The_Last_Ray_Gun

The idea that Girard’s contract is an “albatross” and not absolutely one of the best bargain contracts in the league is just insane.

Yan Girard

Excellent analysis!

Nathan Edwards

Yes I did respond on that old thread ha ha. I do think the Avs should trade Girard more so after the Vegas showing. Their studs should be Makar (he got paid like so) and Byram will replace Sam. His cap hit is a great reason also why you sell him high. They need a nice grit sleek forward for their 2nd line in return. I am not so positive on that player being Vlad from the Blues, but I know if he came in and started netting playoff goals everyone would shut their pie holes and be on his… Read more »

Wayne Dunlap

The problem with Tarasenko is you don’t know what you’re getting. He could be irreparably broken. Joe isn’t going to trade a top pairing D (on a lot of teams) in a crap shoot to a division rival. The only way Tarasenko becomes an Av is if SL buys him out and he signs here for the vet minimum hoping to screw the Blues. Don’t waste any more energy thinking about it, it’s not happening.

Joshua Canfield

Yeah, I don’t see the Avs going after Tarasenko either. His injury history is just a huge red flag to me. I doubt Sakic would waste assets on such an unknown.

idavsfan

Well that was fun 🙂

John Klingenstein

Great value signing! 6-4 C-Winger. Hes 33 not 34. Scored 15-20+ goals in 8 of 12 seasons and double digits in all but 1. Stats compare pretty damn well to Saad’s for a fraction of the cost. No lose. If he can’t hang then he’s gone. Everyones remembering Saad in the playoffs and he played well, but I watched every games last year. He was barely noticeable in the the majority of games. He didn’t get moved to the 3rd line because he was tearing it up. Watch this dudes Blackhawks hightlights. Almost the same exact played as Saad just… Read more »

ricoflashback

Right on Anisimov and totally wrong on Girard. Girard makes the Avs dynamic? How dynamic did Sammy look in the playoffs against Vegas? If you really know hockey, your realize that in the playoffs, the ice shrinks. The physicality goes up ten fold. Girard couldn’t even get out of his own zone while being pummeled in the corners and finally shying away from contact. Enjoy all the “Ice Capades” hockey you want – – in the regular season. When the playoffs roll around, the game slows down to more of a “grind it out” style of play. The NY Islanders… Read more »

The_Last_Ray_Gun

G was hurt in the playoffs but still gutted it out. What’s MacKinnon’s excuse for getting ragdolled all over the ice? Isn’t he a power forward? What about Landeskog? He was a non-factor against Vegas and was knocked off the puck every time he touched it. Graves was soooo big, but what did he do aside from give away the series winning goal in game 6. A lack of grit is one thing, and I agree with that, but you are just a bananas commenter about Le Tornade. Grit <> Size. Sammy G had an Iron Man streak going before… Read more »

ricoflashback

Your last stand, ray gun. You’re the one with zero hockey sense. GFETE at your misguided Iron Man comment about Sammy Circles. Like that means anything. When you avoid contact like Sammy, chances are you’ll stay on the ice. But you don’t know what it takes to win a Cup. You’re doomed to repeat past failures. You can’t help yourselves. The Avs have a much greater chance of advancing in the playoffs without Girard. Pure and simple. There were a lot of no shows in the Vegas series. But none worse than Girard. The only thing that matters is winning… Read more »

The_Last_Ray_Gun

You’re right. Scott Niedermayer, Niklas Lidstrom, and Ray Bourque had pretty shabby careers. I mosdef wouldn’t want them on any playoff team that I root for…

ricoflashback

??? What the hell does Sammy Girard have to do with those players? He couldn’t hold their skates. Bizarre, nonsensical post.

Joshua Canfield

Yeah, not sure what he’s getting at by naming those players…

The_Last_Ray_Gun

These are all “soft”, undersized,defensemen that relied on skill, smarts, and speed and not their size. Rico seems to think that this is a type of player that cannot succeed in the playoffs. I would argue that is not the case, and pointed out some other similar-mold players that had plenty of playoff success.

Yan Girard

Shea Weber is 36 years old height 6.04 weight 229 is getted out of the second round playoffs for the first time of his career the last season and his career is probably over. Seth Jones 6.04, Darnell Nurse 6.04, Jonas Brodin 6.01, Ryan Suter 6.01, Oliver Ekman-Larsson 6.02 aren’t ever getted out of the second round playoffs. These defensemen are all very bad for Rico.

Yan Girard

Torey Krug (2 finals), Ryan Ellis (1 final), Matt Grzelcyk (1 final), Anton Stralman (2 finals), Dmitry Orlov (1 final). I don’t know how all these mini-defensemen made it through the second round 🙂 

Yan Girard

Girard is the only reason of the defeat against Vegas? If you say true, we must fire Bednar because there were many other defensemen that were available on reserve team to replace Girard. Then, the problem wasn’t Girard but Bednar…

Last edited 11 days ago by Yan Girard
Wayne Dunlap

C+ Trolling. Do Better!

ricoflashback

No troll intended. I see no value in a player like Sam Girard. A wasted contract in my opinion. 6 years of whirling dervish and weak defensive play? Let’s see how it works out. So far, the Avs can’t get past the 2nd round of the playoffs. I’ve asked this question before – does Sakic have a long leash regardless of the results on ice? 2, 3, 4 years more with no Cup? You see a better team this year than last year? You like Girard over Graves? The replacements for Saad and Donskoi? The continued failures at the trading… Read more »

Yan Girard

In last twelve years, only seven teams won Stanley Cup. There are a lot bad GM in NHL? No value in Girard? A pace of 55 points in 82 games that doesn’t play on the first unit powerplay and plays on the second pair. Differential +17. 2nd best defenseman in NHL at even strength for the puck possession behind Makar. What are the players in NHL that present similar numbers in these circumstances?  Do you know a lot players in NHL history that are or were able to do what Girard does on an ice rink? If yes, I would… Read more »

Yan Girard

I can’t agree more with you!

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ricoflashback

The net-net of all these moves by Sakic is to try and fill holes in the lineup any way he can. The Avs model is severely flawed. Speed and skill are nice but you must have size, grit and great goaltending (and some luck) to win a Stanley Cup. The regular season means nothing. Qualifying for the playoffs is goal #1. Sure, the highest seed is optimal but it doesn’t matter as long as you’re in the dance and playing your best hockey. It’s all about the 2nd season. Is your team built for the playoffs? Can you play a… Read more »

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Yan Girard

During about a decade, Washington Capitals has been a very dominant team in regular season and didn’t perform the level expected in playoffs. Though, this team had a lot skills and speed. With time, the team has matured and thereafter won the Stanley Cup. The core of Avs is again very young. It’s a normal process to lose before win. Landeskog, Mackinnon, Rantanen, Kadri, Nichushkin are potential players two first lines with a good body, play strong on the puck and don’t fear the rugged play. Also, Martin Kaut, Sampo Ranta and other players have possibly the potential to bring… Read more »

ricoflashback

Nice post with a different “objective” analysis. Plain and simple – – this team as constructed is not made for playoff hockey. Byram won’t be a physical force for at least a couple of years until his body matures and he picks up more weight. Girard isn’t physical at all while Toews can handle himself. Makar will continue to pickup weight and strength. I’ve always liked E.J.’s game. If there is some way he could make it through the season, unhurt, that would be a huge advantage for the Avs. Maybe put him on a pitch count or limit his… Read more »

Yan Girard

Your mindset is skewed by the way whose you would like that a hockey team uses to win Stanley Cup and/or the way used by other teams that have achieved successes. There isn’t only way to win hockey games and Stanley Cup. The best chances to win hockey games is to play according to his IDENTITY.   Objective look is to identify the TRUE reasons of the defeat. You aren’t in the locker room and I am not in the locker room either. Then, we don’t know all the informations. I repeat, a team can have the best team on… Read more »

John Klingenstein

Regurgitate a few more cliches why dont you as you clearly know nothing. Stop with the storylines. Save that for the broadcasters trying to have somthing to say before the game or the cnbc analysts explaining why the market was up or down on a given day. That is such a load of crap. Hockey is hockey. That the playoffs are different is such is just flat out fairytale. Sure they are playingg their hardest but its so overblown how the playoff is some totally different thing. Fact is sometimes the best team doesnt always win. Remember the 96 broncos?… Read more »

ricoflashback

Get a life Klingster. You are an absolute moron, devoid of any hockey knowledge by saying the playoffs are just hockey as usual. Play tiddlywinks. Watch a movie. You’re clearly devoid of any hockey sense and have no clue on what it takes to win. The Avs were one of the best teams you’ve ever seen last year? Not only did they not win the Stanley Cup but they didn’t even get out of the 2nd round. They don’t call it the second season for nothing. But since you don’t understand that, you’ll be more than happy to accept playoff… Read more »

Yan Girard

The playoffs aren’t so different of the regular season. We must not have specific ideas about that. In playoffs, the players play again hockey. Very often, the favourite teams to win Stanley Cup will perform very well in regular season. Then, we can say that there is some relation between the regular season and playoffs. The team with the best chances to win Stanley Cup presents a probability about 20%. This means that the best team NHL has 80% to lose and not winning Stanley Cup. It’s much 80% of intangibles, you don’t think? During the regular season, all the… Read more »

Last edited 9 days ago by Yan Girard
ricoflashback

The playoffs are totally different than the regular season. We have a fundamental disagreement. The ice gets tighter, there is more emphasis on defense and close checking and the physicality increases tenfold. There is much less space to roam around in the playoffs. Everyone gives 100% each shift. You can take shifts off in the regular season. Not in the playoffs when one mistake can make the difference in winning or losing.

Yan Girard

Your theory isn’t valid. If a team is less good, the team will try to close the game to reduce space among other. But a strength of NHL like Avs will try to play according to his IDENTITY based on skills and speed. In last 4 regular seasons, Mackinnon presents an average of 1.30 points/games while in last 4 playoffs he presents average 1.37 points/games. In last 2 regular season, Makar presents an average of 0.93 points/games while in last 2 playoffs he presents average 1.00 points/games. The amount of points gathered is more high in playoffs than regular season… Read more »

ricoflashback

Jeez, Yan – regular season stats mean nothing. Mine isn’t a theory. It’s backed up by fact and the definitive results of the Avs playoff record. We’re not going to agree. I view success as winning a Stanley Cup, period. All the other stats, arguments, comments and posts mean nothing unless you win the ultimate goal. And that’s a Championship. I’ll still be rooting for the Avs. We’ll see how this team fares. Will it be a success for you if the Avs do not win a Stanley Cup? Maybe an improvement if they get out of the 2nd round?… Read more »

Yan Girard

The reality is that the best team in NHL has about 80% chances not winning Stanley Cup at each year because intangibles. Look most winnings Stanley Cup in the last decade (Chicago, Boston, Pittsburgh, Washington, Tampa Bay), these teams have been dominant in regular season. Then, there is a relation between the performance of regular season and playoffs. In more, during the season, the odds at Vegas for the winning Stanley Cup are reajusted according to team performance. I understand that the playoffs are a new season and you have not accomplished anything again before the beginning of the playoffs.… Read more »

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