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    Avalanche Acquires Zadorov, Grigorenko, Compher, Second Round Draft Pick From Buffalo

    The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Nikita Zadorov, forward Mikhail Grigorenko, forward J.T. Compher and a second-round pick (31st overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft from the Buffalo Sabres. In exchange, the Avalanche traded forwards Jamie McGinn and Ryan O’Reilly to Buffalo.

    Zadorov, 20, was Buffalo’s first-round pick (16th overall) in the 2013 NHL Draft. He appeared in 60 games as a rookie for the Sabres this past season, tallying 15 points (3g/12a) with 51 penalty minutes. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound defenseman made his NHL debut early in the 2013-14 campaign, appearing in seven games (1g/0a) before returning to his junior team, the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. He went on to be named to the 2014 OHL Second All-Star Team that spring.

    A native of Moscow, Russia, Zadorov won the bronze medal with his country at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Sweden. He led all Russian defensemen with four goals and five points during that tournament. In 2012-13, Zadorov helped London win the OHL championship and advance to the Memorial Cup. He led all OHL rookies with a +33 plus/minus rating during that regular season and ranked second among first-year defensemen with 25 points (6g/19a) en route to being named to the OHL All-Rookie Team.

    Grigorenko, 21, was Buffalo’s first-round choice (12th overall) in the 2012 NHL Draft. He appeared in 25 games for the Sabres this past season, tallying six points (3g/3a). The 6-foot-3, 209-pound center has played in 68 career games, notching 14 points (6g/8a).

    A native of Khabarovsk, Russia, Grigorenko won medals for his country at three IIHF World Junior Championships, 2012 (silver), 2013 (bronze) and 2014 (bronze). Prior to turning pro, Grigorenko played three seasons of junior hockey for the Quebec Remparts (QMJHL), who were coached by current Avalanche Head Coach/Vice President of Hockey Operations Patrick Roy. In his first season with Quebec in 2011-12, Grigorenko was named to the QMJHL First All-Star Team, QMJHL All-Rookie Team and named the Canadian Major Junior Rookie of the Year.

    Compher, 20, was a second-round pick (35th overall) of the Sabres in the 2013 NHL Draft. The Northbrook, Illinois, native recently completed his sophomore season at the University of Michigan, tallying 24 points (12g/12a) in 34 games. As a freshman in 2013-14, Compher was named the Big 10 Rookie of the Year after recording 31 points (11g/20a) in 35 games, which also earned him spots on the Big 10 Second All-Star Team and Big 10 All-Rookie Team.

    The second round of the 2015 NHL Draft will take place tomorrow, Saturday, June 27
    Sad to see Rhyno and Jaime go... but if deals can't get done... bleh

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    A lot of young players coming into your team.. but they all need a few years development.

    really liked grigorenko when he came into the draft

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    can you fill me in on these players and whether you think this is a good/bad trade for both teams? at first glance, i thought they would be able to get more than prospects and maybe in not giving these players enough credit?
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    Quote Originally Posted by armedequation View Post
    can you fill me in on these players and whether you think this is a good/bad trade for both teams? at first glance, i thought they would be able to get more than prospects and maybe in not giving these players enough credit?

    The money ROR was demanding (well his agent) was ridiculous - always better to get something than nothing.

    Zadorov and grigorenko have tons of talent but i believe they need time to develop.

    Personally i like the trade, we got a good haul, like ROR but they were demanding to much money, better off elsewhere.

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    I guess i was more expecting a trade for someone like phaneuf
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    Radulov will fit in well with the new Russian contingent.

    http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2...v-to-colorado/

    Report: Roy wants to bring Radulov to Colorado

    Mike Halford

    May 28, 2015, 12:27 PM EDT
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    Radulov AP

    The agent representing Alex Radulov said his client has been contacted by the Colorado Avalanche — who, of course, are coached by Radulov’s former Quebec League bench boss, Patrick Roy.

    Per Russian news outlet Championat, Yuri Nikolaev — who also represents the likes of Ilya Kovalchuk and Alex Burmistrov — said that Radulov has spoken with Roy about joining the Avalanche for the 2016-17 campaign, once his deal with CSKA Moscow has expired.

    It’s an intriguing bit of news as Radulov, who turns 29 in July, has always been a controversial figure. He infamously parted ways with Nashville in 2008, only to briefly return to the club for its 2012 playoff run. That, of course, ended badly as Radulov and teammate Andrei Kos****yn were suspended during the second round for violating curfew, with the Preds getting bounced shortly thereafter.

    There is no denying Radulov’s talent, however. He’s coming off his best-ever KHL campaign, having captured the league’s scoring title with 71 points in just 46 games.

    The prospect of him reconnecting with Roy is also intriguing, as the two were a dynamic force together in junior. During the 2005-06 campaign, Radulov scored a ridiculous 61 goals and 152 points in just 62 games, then scored nine points in four games at the Memorial Cup, helping Roy capture his first and only championship as a head coach.

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