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Avalanche Wrap-Up: Colton Signs, Forsberg Turns 50



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This past week, the Colorado Avalanche locked up the biggest piece of their lineup that did not have a contract, giving them a clear idea of how much room they have left to work with the rest of the summer. Some of that room will likely be taken up by Ben Meyers, but what is Meyers at the NHL level?

Here’s a look back at what you might have missed the previous two weeks at CHN, and a peak at what’s coming.


Right before signing, Ross Colton talked on the radio about his game, and why he’s going to be changing his number.

There are still holes in the lineup with Colton signed. What are those holes?

Late Monday, Colton was locked up to a 4-year, $16 million contract.


Gabriel Landeskog has been busy off the ice, and not just with rehab. He’s now investing in Leeds United of the Championship League over in Europe.

Breaking down why the Avalanche are betting big on Ross Colton.

Denis Malgin will be headed overseas, as he’s signed a 5-year contract in Switzerland.


I was invited onto “The People’s Show” on Sportsnet 650 to break down the Colton contract, as well as the rest of the summer for Colorado.

Want to know when training camp will start? It’s not official, but we’ve got a pretty good idea of when it will be, thanks to the Family Sports calendar.

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Ben Meyers still hast not signed a contract, but perhaps the biggest question is…what is he at the NHL level?

One of the best to ever do it, Peter Forsberg, turned 50 on Thursday, and I had to write about just how special he was as a player.


Mikhail Gulyayev will be playing hockey soon, as he was selected to the U23 team for the upcoming Sochi Hockey Open.


Jack Johnson talked about why he re-signed with Colorado.

Taking a look at the organizational depth chart, which will add at least one player late in the season…

As we’ve discussed many times here at CHN, Nikolai Kovalenko will likely be joining the team late in the season. Saturday morning, his KHL squad announced he’ll be signing with the Avalanche soon.


One outlet believes Colorado is the team to beat in the NHL this coming season.

A Look Ahead to Next Week

  • After traveling the last two weeks, I’ll finally have time to dig into film and see just how the new faces will fit in Colorado
  • Talking to an Eastern Conference executive about Miles Wood and Ross Colton
  • Looking into that Drouin deal a little more…can he actually help the team?
  • A new mailbag
  • What are the line combinations I would start the season with?

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