2015–16 Colorado Avalanche · NHL
Division 6th Central
Conference 9th Western
2015–16 record 39–39–4
Home record 17–20–4
Road record 22–19–0
Goals for 216
Goals against 240
General Manager Joe Sakic
Coach Patrick Roy
Captain Gabriel Landeskog
Alternate captains Jarome Iginla
Cody McLeod
Arena Pepsi Center
Average attendance 17,032[1]
Team Leaders
Goals Matt Duchene (30)
Assists Carl Soderberg (39)
Points Matt Duchene (59)
Penalties in minutes Cody McLeod (138)
Wins Semyon Varlamov (27)
Goals against average Reto Berra (2.41)
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The 2015–16 Colorado Avalanche season was the 37th season for the National Hockey League franchise that was established on June 22, 1979, and 20th season since the franchise relocated from Quebec prior to the start of the 1995–96 NHL season.[2] The Avalanche were unable to make the playoffs for the second consecutive year.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Standings[edit | edit source]

Divisional standings[edit | edit source]

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Dallas Stars 82 50 23 9 48 267 230 109
St. Louis Blues 82 49 24 9 44 224 201 107
Chicago Blackhawks 82 47 26 9 46 235 209 103
Nashville Predators 82 41 27 14 37 228 215 96
Minnesota Wild 82 38 33 11 35 216 206 87
Colorado Avalanche 82 39 39 4 35 216 240 82
Winnipeg Jets 82 35 39 8 32 215 239 78


Conference standings[edit | edit source]

Western Conference[edit source]

Central Division Division[edit source]

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Dallas Stars 82 50 23 9 48 267 230 109
St. Louis Blues 82 49 24 9 44 224 201 107
Chicago Blackhawks 82 47 26 9 46 235 209 103

Pacific Division[edit source]

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Anaheim Ducks 82 46 25 11 43 218 192 103
Los Angeles Kings 82 48 28 6 46 225 195 102
San Jose Sharks 82 46 30 6 42 241 210 98

Western Conference Wild Card[edit source]

Team GP W L OL ROW GF GA Pts
Nashville Predators 82 41 27 14 37 228 215 96
Minnesota Wild 82 38 33 11 35 216 206 87
Colorado Avalanche 82 39 39 4 35 216 240 82
Arizona Coyotes 82 35 39 8 34 209 245 78
Winnipeg Jets 82 35 39 8 32 215 239 78
Calgary Flames 82 35 40 7 33 231 260 77
Vancouver Canucks 82 31 38 13 26 191 243 75
Edmonton Oilers 82 31 43 8 27 203 245 70



Schedule and results[edit | edit source]

Pre-season[edit | edit source]

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Game Log[3]

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

Player statistics[edit | edit source]

Final stats [4]

Skaters

Regular season
Player GP G A Pts +/- PIM
Duchene, MattMatt Duchene 76 30 29 59 –8 24
Landeskog, GabrielGabriel Landeskog 75 20 33 53 –5 69
MacKinnon, NathanNathan MacKinnon 72 21 31 52 –4 20
Soderberg, CarlCarl Soderberg 82 12 39 51 –7 32
Barrie, TysonTyson Barrie 78 13 36 49 –16 31
Iginla, JaromeJarome Iginla 82 22 25 47 −22 41
Comeau, BlakeBlake Comeau 81 12 24 36 –9 58
Beauchemin, FrancoisFrancois Beauchemin 82 8 26 34 –7 38
Johnson, ErikErik Johnson 73 11 16 27 –19 50
Grigorenko, MikhailMikhail Grigorenko 74 6 21 27 +2 8
Tanguay, AlexAlex Tanguay

|| 52 || 4 || 18 || 22 || +3 || 24

Holden, NickNick Holden 82 6 16 22 –1 24
Mitchell, JohnJohn Mitchell 71 10 11 21 –7 52
Skille, JackJack Skille 74 8 6 14 –4 11
McLeod, CodyCody McLeod 82 8 5 13 +1 138
Boedker, MikkelMikkel Boedker

|| 18 || 4 || 8 || 12 || –5 || 2

Matthias, ShawnShawn Matthias

|| 20 || 6 || 5 || 11 || –7 || 8

Martinsen, AndreasAndreas Martinsen 55 4 7 11 –4 47
Redmond, ZachZach Redmond 37 2 4 6 +5 10
Wagner, ChrisChris Wagner

|| 26 || 4 || 0 || 4 || –2 || 9

Bigras, ChrisChris Bigras 31 1 2 3 –2 16
Bodnarchuk, AndrewAndrew Bodnarchuk

|| 21 || 0 || 2 || 2 || –1 || 6

Agozzino, AndrewAndrew Agozzino 9 0 2 2 –1 0
Zadorov, NikitaNikita Zadorov 22 0 2 2 −5 12
Gormley, BrandonBrandon Gormley 26 0 1 1 −3 8
Stuart, BradBrad Stuart 6 0 0 0 −2 0
Guenin, NateNate Guenin 29 0 0 0 +2 2
Gelinas, EricEric Gelinas

|| 6 || 0 || 0 || 0 || +2 || 0

Street, BenBen Street 7 0 0 0 −1 4
Everberg, DennisDennis Everberg 15 0 0 0 −5 0
Rendulic, BornaBorna Rendulic 3 0 0 0 −2 0
Rantanen, MikkoMikko Rantanen 9 0 0 0 −7 2

Goaltenders
Regular season
Player GP GS TOI W L OT GA GAA SA SV% SO G A PIM
Varlamov, SemyonSemyon Varlamov 57 57 3159 27 25 3 148 2.81 1714 .914 2 0 0 6
Pickard, CalvinCalvin Pickard 20 13 985 7 6 1 42 2.56 539 .922 1 0 1 0
Berra, RetoReto Berra 14 12 721 5 8 0 29 2.41 374 .922 2 0 1 2
Will, RomanRoman Will 1 0 18 0 0 0 1 3.33 3 .667 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

Suspensions/fines[edit | edit source]

Player Explanation Length Salary Date issued
Tyson Barrie Charging and interference against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres during NHL Game No. 63 in Anaheim on Friday, October 16, 2015, at 11:30 of the second period. 3 games $41,935.47 October 17, 2015[5]
Gabriel Landeskog Illegal check to the head of Boston Bruins forward Brad Marchand during NHL Game No. 230 in Boston on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at 5:46 of the second period. 2 games $59,907.84 November 13, 2015[6]
Gabriel Landeskog Cross–check against Anaheim Ducks defenseman Simon Despres during NHL Game No. 1004 in Colorado on Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 11:29 of the third period. 3 games $203,832.75 March 10, 2016[7]

Notable achievements[edit | edit source]

Awards[edit | edit source]

Regular season
Player Award Awarded
Duchene, M.M. Duchene NHL First Star of the Week[8] November 16, 2015
Duchene, M.M. Duchene NHL Third Star of the Month[9] December 1, 2015
Varlamov, S.S. Varlamov NHL First Star of the Week[10] December 21, 2015
Duchene, M.M. Duchene NHL All-Star game selection[11] January 6, 2016
Barrie, T.T. Barrie NHL Third Star of the Week[12] January 11, 2016
Varlamov, S.S. Varlamov NHL First Star of the Week[13] January 25, 2016

Milestones[edit | edit source]

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Rantanen, M.M. Rantanen 1st career NHL game October 8, 2015
Iginla, J.J. Iginla 1,400th career NHL game October 27, 2015
Landeskog, G.G. Landeskog 200th career NHL point October 27, 2015
Soderberg, C.C. Soderberg 100th career NHL point November 1, 2015
Martinsen, A.A. Martinsen 1st career NHL game November 10, 2015
Johnson, E.E. Johnson 200th career NHL point November 12, 2015
Barrie, T.T. Barrie 200th career NHL game November 14, 2015
A. Martinsen 1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
November 14, 2015
Comeau, B.B. Comeau 500th career NHL game
200th career NHL point
November 14, 2015
A. Martinsen 1st career NHL goal November 21, 2015
Duchene, M.M. Duchene 200th career NHL assist November 21, 2015
G. Landeskog 300th career NHL game November 23, 2015
Wagner, C.C. Wagner 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
November 25, 2015
Beauchemin, F.F. Beauchemin 700th career NHL game December 5, 2015
Grigorenko, M.M. Grigorenko 100th career NHL game December 27, 2015
Guenin, N.N. Guenin 200th career NHL game December 31, 2015
C. Soderberg 200th career NHL game January 2, 2016
J. Iginla 600th career NHL goal January 4, 2016
Bigras, C.C. Bigras 1st career NHL game January 14, 2016
Pickard, C.C. Pickard 1st career NHL shutout January 14, 2016
C. Bigras 1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
January 16, 2016
Redmond, Z.Z. Redmond 100th career NHL game January 18, 2016
Varlamov, S.S. Varlamov 300th career NHL game January 20, 2016
T. Barrie 100th career NHL assist January 22, 2015
McLeod, C.C. McLeod 600th career NHL game January 26, 2016
Will, R.R. Will 1st career NHL game January 26, 2016
E. Johnson 500th career NHL game February 2, 2016
MacKinnon, N.N. MacKinnon 200th career NHL game February 4, 2016
Holden, N.N. Holden 200th career NHL game February 20, 2016
C. Bigras 1st career NHL goal March 1, 2016
Mitchell, J.J. Mitchell 100th career NHL assist March 1, 2016
Skille, J.J. Skille 300th career NHL game March 3, 2016
C. Soderberg 100th career NHL assist March 20, 2016
B. Comeau 100th career NHL goal March 28, 2016
G. Landeskog 100th career NHL goal April 1, 2016


Transactions[edit | edit source]

The Colorado Avalanche were involved in the following transactions during the 2015–16 NHL season.

Trades[edit | edit source]

Date
Details
Ref
June 26, 2015 (2015-06-26) To Buffalo Sabres

Ryan O'Reilly
Jamie McGinn

To Colorado Avalanche

Nikita Zadorov
Mikhail Grigorenko
J. T. Compher
2nd-round pick in 2015

[14]
June 27, 2015 (2015-06-27) To San Jose Sharks

BUF's 2nd-round pick in 2015

To Colorado Avalanche

2nd-round pick in 2015
COL's 2nd-round pick in 2016
COL's 6th-round pick in 2017

[15]
September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09) To Arizona Coyotes

Stefan Elliott

To Colorado Avalanche

Brandon Gormley

[16]
October 4, 2015 (2015-10-04) To Calgary Flames

Freddie Hamilton

To Colorado Avalanche

Conditional 7th-round pick in 2016

[17]
February 21, 2016 (2016-02-21) To Toronto Maple Leafs

Colin Smith
4th-round pick in 2016

To Colorado Avalanche

Shawn Matthias

[18]
February 29, 2016 (2016-02-29) To Arizona Coyotes

Alex Tanguay
Conner Bleackley
Kyle Wood

To Colorado Avalanche

Mikkel Boedker

[19]
February 29, 2016 (2016-02-29) To New Jersey Devils

3rd-round pick in 2017

To Colorado Avalanche

Eric Gelinas

[20]
February 29, 2016 (2016-02-29) To New York Islanders

Marc-Andre Cliche

To Colorado Avalanche

Taylor Beck

[21]
June 23, 2016 (2016-06-23) To Florida Panthers

Reto Berra

To Colorado Avalanche

Rocco Grimaldi

[22]

Free agents acquired[edit | edit source]

Date Player Former team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Blake Comeau Pittsburgh Penguins 3 years, $7.2 million [23]
July 1, 2015 (2015-07-01) Francois Beauchemin Anaheim Ducks 3 years, $13.5 million [24]
October 6, 2015 (2015-10-06) Jack Skille Columbus Blue Jackets 1 year [25]

Free agents lost[edit | edit source]

Date Player New team Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
July 2, 2015 (2015-07-02) Jordan Caron St. Louis Blues 1 year, $600,000 [26]

Claimed via waivers[edit | edit source]

Player Former team Date claimed off waivers Ref
Chris Wagner Anaheim Ducks November 15, 2015 [27]
Andrew Bodnarchuk Columbus Blue Jackets January 5, 2016 [28]

Lost via waivers[edit | edit source]

Player New team Date claimed off waivers Ref
Chris Wagner Anaheim Ducks February 25, 2016 [29]

Lost via retirement[edit | edit source]

Date Player Ref

Player signings[edit | edit source]

Date Player Contract terms
(in U.S. dollars)
Ref
June 26, 2015 (2015-06-26) Carl Soderberg 5 years, $23.75 million [30]
July 13, 2015 (2015-07-13) Mikko Rantanen 3 years, entry-level contract [31]
July 16, 2015 (2015-07-16) Mikhail Grigorenko 1 year, $675,000 [32]
July 16, 2015 (2015-07-16) Andrew Agozzino 1 year, $600,000 [32]
July 16, 2015 (2015-07-16) Mat Clark 2 years, $1.2 million [32]
July 27, 2015 (2015-07-27) Joey Hishon 1 year, $890,000 [33]
August 6, 2015 (2015-08-06) Calvin Pickard 1 year, $850,500 [34]
August 21, 2015 (2015-08-21) Sami Aittokallio 1 year, $735,000 [35]
September 22, 2015 (2015-09-22) Erik Johnson 7 years, $42 million contract extension [36]
March 9, 2016 (2016-03-09) Julien Nantel 3 years, entry-level contract [37]
April 25, 2016 (2016-04-25) J. T. Compher 3 years, entry-level contract [38]
May 24, 2016 (2016-05-24) Anton Lindholm 3 years, entry-level contract [39]
May 27, 2016 (2016-05-27) Sergei Boikov 3 years, entry-level contract [40]

Draft picks[edit | edit source]

See also: List of Colorado Avalanche draft picks

Below are the Colorado Avalanche's selections at the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, to be held on June 26–27, 2015 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

Round # Player Pos Nationality College/Junior/Club Team (League)
1 10 Mikko Rantanen RW  Finland TPS (Liiga)
2 39[a] A. J. Greer LW  Canada Boston University (Hockey East)
2 40 Nicolas Meloche D  Canada Baie-Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL)
3 71 Jean-Christophe Beaudin C  Canada Rouyn-Noranda Huskies (QMJHL)
4 101 Andrei Mironov D  Russia Dynamo Moscow (KHL)
6 161 Sergei Boikov D  Russia Drummondville Voltigeurs (QMJHL)
7 191 Gustav Olhaver C  Sweden Rogle BK Jr. (Sweden-Jr.)
Draft notes[41]
The San Jose Sharks' second-round pick went to the Colorado Avalanche as the result of a trade on June 27, 2015 that sent Buffalo's second-round pick in 2015 (31st overall) to San Jose in exchange for Colorado's second-round pick in 2016, Colorado's sixth-round pick in 2017 and this pick.[42]

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