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News and Notes - 07/25/2016

Avs, Eagles Strike Four-Year Agreement

After much speculation, it was confirmed by both organizations last week that the Colorado Eagles would become the ECHL affiliate to the Colorado Avalanche for the next four seasons.
I think the goalie union is the greatest and strongest in the world, and when a fellow goalie calls, you pick up the phone and make an appointment to see him,” said Billington, a longtime backup to Avalanche Hall of Famer Patrick Roy, on Wednesday. “That’s really how this got started.
— Reporter-Herald
Pats Pursue Jost

The WHL rights of Avs 2016 first round pick, Tyson Jost, were traded on Friday to the Regina Pats. Jost is expected to play at North Dakota (NCHC) this fall, but Regina remains hopeful.
We fully know what Tyson’s desires are and we respect that immensely,” Pats head coach/GM John Paddock said in a media release. “At some point we will have a conversation with his representatives and him about what we think of him as a player.
— Regina Leader-Post
Storm Named Captain for the 2016-17 St. Cloud State Huskies
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Avs, Komets End Affiliation

It has been rumored for weeks, but now made official on Tuesday that the Colorado Avalanche and Fort Wayne Komets are parting ways. At least it is being confirmed by the Fort Wayne side.
“Fort Wayne is looking for more roster control and flexibility,” Komets general manager David Franke said in the statement issued by the team. “Colorado understands this philosophy, and the Komets understand Colorado must develop players. Roster stability is very important to us and our loyal fan base. We expect less turnover and more continuity in our game night lineup.”
— The Journal Gazette
The hot rumor is that the Avalanche and Colorado Eagles (ECHL) will announce an affiliation agreement on Wednesday.

Avs Prospects Signing Tracker - 07/18/2016

Updated: MacKinnon, Beaupre, and Siemens

Player Team League Status
CHL (June 1, 2016)
Conner Bleackley RED WHL 2/29, traded to AZ (NHL)
Nick Magyar KIT OHL 6/1, rights expired
Julien Nantel ROU QMJHL 3/9, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Alexis Pepin VAL QMJHL 6/1, rights expired
Kyle Wood NOR OHL 2/29, traded to AZ (NHL)
Europe (June 1, 2016)
Anton Lindholm SKE SHL 5/24, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
NHL (Two-Way/ELC - July 1, 2016)
Nathan MacKinnon COL NHL 7/8, 7-YR, COL (NHL)
Andreas Martinsen COL NHL 6/24, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Patrick Bordeleau SAN AHL UFA
Joey Hishon SAN AHL 5/2, 2-YR, Jokerit (KHL)
Taylor Beck SAN AHL 7/4, 1-YR, Edmonton (NHL)
Duncan Siemens SAN AHL 7/15, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Brandon Gormley SAN AHL UFA, no QO
Nate Guenin SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, Anaheim (NHL)
Sami Aittokallio KAR Liiga UFA, no QO
Ben Street SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, Detroit (NHL)
Maxim Noreau SAN AHL 4/25, 2-YR, SC Bern (NLA)
Borna Rendulic SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, Vancouver (NHL)
Garrett Meurs FTW ECHL UFA, no QO
Dennis Everberg SAN AHL 5/6, 2-YR, Vaxjo (SHL)
Andrew Agozzino SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, St. Louis (NHL)
Trevor Cheek FTW ECHL UFA, no QO
Gabriel Beaupre FTW ECHL 7/18, 1-YR, Fort Wayne (ECHL)
Roman Will SAN AHL 5/10, 1-YR Bili Tygri Liberec (Czech)
Other Signings
JT Compher UM B10 4/25, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Andrei Mironov DM KHL 5/1, 1-YR extension
Sergei Boikov DRU QMJHL 5/27, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Gustav Olhaver SC WHL 5/27, 1-YR, Rogle BK J20 (SuperElit)
AJ Greer ROU QMJHL 7/1, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Reid Petryk SAN AHL 7/1, 2-YR, COL (NHL)
Trent Vogelhuber LE AHL 7/1, 2-YR, COL (NHL)
Ryan Stanton HER AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Jeremy Smith PRO AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Turner Elson STO AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Jim O'Brien ALB AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Mike Sislo ALB AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Joe Whitney BRI AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)

News and Notes

Development Camp Underway

The on-ice portion of the Avs development camp got underway on Wednesday. The roster includes all six Avs selections from the recently completed 2016 NHL Entry Draft, most notably first round pick Tyson Jost. The camp continues through Saturday, with a complete schedule of morning and afternoon practices (open to the public), available on the Avalanche website.

Interviews with Jost are available on the Avalanche website and on DenverPost.com. There are also a couple of quotes from AJ Greer in the Denver Post piece.

As I'm currently out of the country and unable to attend any of the camp sessions, here are some good Twitter handles to follow for development camp:

@BSNAvalanche
@BBKevin
@tigervixxen

If you happen to be attending the camp, here is a handy numerical roster.

Eric Veilleux Named Next Rampage Coach

After weeks of silence, the Avalanche organization announced on Wednesday the hiring of Eric Veilleux as head coach of the San Antonio Rampage. Veilleux replaces the departed Dean Chynoweth. Named coach of the year in the QMJHL for the 2013-14 season, Veilleux garnered a 30-37-4-1 record with the Norfolk Admirals this past season. Staying on as assistant head coach is Randy Ladouceur.

Avs Prospects Signing Tracker - July 6 2016

This is an update of all the minor league arrivals and departures since July 1st.
Player Team League Status
CHL (June 1, 2016)
Conner Bleackley RED WHL 2/29, traded to AZ (NHL)
Nick Magyar KIT OHL 6/1, rights expired
Julien Nantel ROU QMJHL 3/9, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Alexis Pepin VAL QMJHL 6/1, rights expired
Kyle Wood NOR OHL 2/29, traded to AZ (NHL)
Europe (June 1, 2016)
Anton Lindholm SKE SHL 5/24, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
NHL (Two-Way/ELC - July 1, 2016)
Nathan MacKinnon COL NHL RFA
Andreas Martinsen COL NHL 6/24, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Patrick Bordeleau SAN AHL UFA
Joey Hishon SAN AHL 5/2, 2-YR, Jokerit (KHL)
Taylor Beck SAN AHL 7/4, 1-YR, Edmonton (NHL)
Duncan Siemens SAN AHL RFA, received QO
Brandon Gormley SAN AHL UFA, no QO
Nate Guenin SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, Anaheim (NHL)
Sami Aittokallio KAR Liiga UFA, no QO
Ben Street SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, Detroit (NHL)
Maxim Noreau SAN AHL 4/25, 2-YR, SC Bern (NLA)
Borna Rendulic SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, Vancouver (NHL)
Garrett Meurs FTW ECHL UFA, no QO
Dennis Everberg SAN AHL 5/6, 2-YR, Vaxjo (SHL)
Andrew Agozzino SAN AHL 7/1, 1-YR, St. Louis (NHL)
Trevor Cheek FTW ECHL UFA, no QO
Gabriel Beaupre FTW ECHL UFA, no QO
Roman Will SAN AHL 5/10, 1-YR Bili Tygri Liberec (Czech)
Other Signings
JT Compher UM B10 4/25, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Andrei Mironov DM KHL 5/1, 1-YR extension
Sergei Boikov DRU QMJHL 5/27, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Gustav Olhaver SC WHL 5/27, 1-YR, Rogle BK J20 (SuperElit)
AJ Greer ROU QMJHL 7/1, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Reid Petryk SAN AHL 7/1, 2-YR, COL (NHL)
Trent Vogelhuber LE AHL 7/1, 2-YR, COL (NHL)
Ryan Stanton HER AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Jeremy Smith PRO AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Turner Elson STO AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Jim O'Brien ALB AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Mike Sislo ALB AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)
Joe Whitney BRI AHL 7/1, 1-YR, COL (NHL)

More Avalanche Development Camp Tidbits

Still waiting for an official announcement from the Avalanche, but BSN Avalanche has provided dates for the camp and another invitee has been confirmed.

Avs Prospects Signing Tracker - June 27 2016

The Avalanche announced on Monday that Duncan Siemens, Nate MacKinnon, Calvin Pickard, Tyson Barrie, and Mikhail Grigorenko have received qualifying offers in order to maintain their RFA (restricted free agent) status.

The potential remaining RFAs, as shown below, were not qualified and will become unrestricted free agents on July 1st. Players who were not qualified, such as Joey Hishon, Roman Will, and Dennis Everberg, have already signed contracts to play in Europe next season.
Player Team League Status
CHL (June 1, 2016)
Conner Bleackley RED WHL 2/29, traded to AZ (NHL)
Nick Magyar KIT OHL 6/1, rights expired
Julien Nantel ROU QMJHL 3/9, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Alexis Pepin VAL QMJHL 6/1, rights expired
Kyle Wood NOR OHL 2/29, traded to AZ (NHL)
Europe (June 1, 2016)
Anton Lindholm SKE SHL 5/24, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
NHL (Two-Way/ELC - July 1, 2016)
Nathan MacKinnon COL NHL RFA
Andreas Martinsen COL NHL 6/24, 1-HR, COL (NHL)
Patrick Bordeleau SAN AHL UFA
Joey Hishon SAN AHL 5/2, 2-YR, Jokerit (KHL)
Taylor Beck SAN AHL UFA, no QO
Duncan Siemens SAN AHL RFA, received QO
Brandon Gormley SAN AHL UFA, no QO
Nate Guenin SAN AHL UFA
Sami Aittokallio KAR Liiga UFA, no QO
Ben Street SAN AHL UFA
Maxim Noreau SAN AHL 4/25, 2-YR, SC Bern (NLA)
Borna Rendulic SAN AHL UFA, no QO
Garrett Meurs FTW ECHL UFA, no QO
Dennis Everberg SAN AHL 5/6, 2-YR Vaxjo (SHL)
Andrew Agozzino SAN AHL UFA
Trevor Cheek FTW ECHL UFA, no QO
Gabriel Beaupre FTW ECHL UFA, no QO
Roman Will SAN AHL 5/10, 1-YR Bili Tygri Liberec (Czech)
Other Signings
JT Compher UM B10 4/25, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Andrei Mironov DM KHL 5/1, 1-YR extension
Sergei Boikov DRU QMJHL 5/27, 3-YR ELC, COL (NHL)
Gustav Olhaver SC WHL 5/27, 1-YR Rogle BK J20 (SuperElit)