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2016–17 Colorado Avalanche season

The 2016–17 Colorado Avalanche season was the 38th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 22, 1979, and 21st season since the franchise relocated from Quebec prior to the start of the 1995–96 NHL season.[1] Colorado did not make the playoffs for the third consecutive year and also finished the season with their fewest points since moving to Denver in 1995, and their fewest since 1990–91. Their 22 wins were easily the fewest in the Colorado portion of franchise history, and their fewest since 1991–92. The team also became the first team since the 2004–05 NHL lockout (and the subsequent start of the salary cap era) to finish with a sub-.300 points percentage.

2016–17 Colorado Avalanche
Division7th Central
Conference14th Western
2016–17 record22–56–4
Home record13–26–2
Road record9–30–2
Goals for166
Goals against278
Team information
General ManagerJoe Sakic
CoachJared Bednar
CaptainGabriel Landeskog
Alternate captainsFrancois Beauchemin
Matt Duchene
Nathan MacKinnon
ArenaPepsi Center
Average attendance14,835 (82.4%)
Minor league affiliate(s)San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Colorado Eagles (ECHL)
Team leaders
GoalsMikko Rantanen (20)
AssistsNathan MacKinnon (37)
PointsNathan MacKinnon (53)
Penalty minutesNikita Zadorov (73)
Plus/minusSven Andrighetto
J. T. Compher (0)
WinsCalvin Pickard (15)
Goals against averageCalvin Pickard (2.98)

Contents

Off-seasonEdit

On August 11, 2016, Patrick Roy resigned as head coach and vice president of hockey operations.[2] On August 25, the Avalanche hired Jared Bednar of the American Hockey League's Cleveland Monsters as Roy's replacement. He had led the Monsters to winning the AHL championship in the previous season.[3]

StandingsEdit

Divisional standingsEdit

Central Division
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 z – Chicago Blackhawks 82 50 23 9 46 244 213 +31 109
2 x – Minnesota Wild 82 49 25 8 46 266 208 +58 106
3 x – St. Louis Blues 82 46 29 7 44 235 218 +17 99
4 x – Nashville Predators 82 41 29 12 39 240 224 +16 94
5 Winnipeg Jets 82 40 35 7 37 249 256 −7 87
6 Dallas Stars 82 34 37 11 33 223 262 −39 79
7 Colorado Avalanche 82 22 56 4 21 166 278 −112 48
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.

Conference standingsEdit

Top 3 (Central Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 z – Chicago Blackhawks 82 50 23 9 46 244 213 +31 109
2 x – Minnesota Wild 82 49 25 8 46 266 208 +58 106
3 x – St. Louis Blues 82 46 29 7 44 235 218 +17 99
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; z – Clinched conference.
Top 3 (Pacific Division)
Pos Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 y – Anaheim Ducks 82 46 23 13 43 223 200 +23 105
2 x – Edmonton Oilers 82 47 26 9 43 247 212 +35 103
3 x – San Jose Sharks 82 46 29 7 44 221 201 +20 99
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.
Western Conference Wild Card
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 PA x – Calgary Flames 82 45 33 4 41 226 221 +5 94
2 CE x – Nashville Predators 82 41 29 12 39 240 224 +16 94
3 CE Winnipeg Jets 82 40 35 7 37 249 256 −7 87
4 PA Los Angeles Kings 82 39 35 8 37 201 205 −4 86
5 CE Dallas Stars 82 34 37 11 33 223 262 −39 79
6 PA Arizona Coyotes 82 30 42 10 24 197 260 −63 70
7 PA Vancouver Canucks 82 30 43 9 26 182 243 −61 69
8 CE Colorado Avalanche 82 22 56 4 21 166 278 −112 48
Source: National Hockey League
x – Clinched playoff spot.

Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Game Log[5]

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

Player statsEdit

SkatersEdit

GoaltendersEdit

Regular season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Calvin Pickard 50 48 2820:16 15 31 2 140 2.98 1461 .904 2 0 2 0
Semyon Varlamov 24 23 1347:47 6 17 0 76 3.38 745 .898 1 0 0 0
Jeremy Smith 10 8 542:43 1 6 1 32 3.54 286 .888 0 0 0 0
Spencer Martin 3 3 179:26 0 2 1 13 4.35 96 .865 0 0 0 0

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining the Avalanche. Stats reflect time with the Avalanche only.
Traded mid-season
Bold/italics denotes franchise record

RosterEdit

TransactionsEdit

The Colorado Avalanche were involved in the following transactions during the 2016–17 NHL season.

TradesEdit

Date
Details
Ref
June 25, 2016 (2016-06-25) To New York Rangers

Nick Holden

To Colorado Avalanche

4th-round pick in 2017

[6]
November 28, 2016 (2016-11-28) To Columbus Blue Jackets

Ryan Stanton

To Colorado Avalanche

Cody Goloubef

[7]
January 13, 2017 (2017-01-13) To Nashville Predators

Cody McLeod

To Colorado Avalanche

Felix Girard

[8]
March 1, 2017 (2017-03-01) To Los Angeles Kings

Jarome Iginla

To Colorado Avalanche

conditional 4th-round pick in 2018

[9]
March 1, 2017 (2017-03-01) To Montreal Canadiens

Andreas Martinsen

To Colorado Avalanche

Sven Andrighetto

[10]