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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL July 18th, 2014

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Derek Leung

Tyson Barrie is giving some of his time for a Hell of an auction prize.

On the eve of another Kelowna Rockets’ alumni weekend, the president and general manager of the WHL team gathered dozens of former players, their wives and young families for a private function at Prospera Place. Most of the group then rolled up to the Hotel Eldorado in the Rockets’ bus to attend the live auction mixer ahead of today’s golf tournament at The Harvest. The 14th annual event won’t include the usual hockey game at CNC.

The auction featured seven items, ranging from a suite for 10 at Prospera Place to watch country music star Brad Paisley’s concert in October, to a four-person winter getaway at Big White Ski Resort. Also auctioned off was the opportunity to play alongside seven NHL players with Kelowna connections: Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators, Jamie Benn and Vern Fiddler of the Dallas Stars, Josh Gorges now of the Buffalo Sabres, Tyson Barrie of the Colorado Avalanche, Cody Franson of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Brayden Schenn of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Patrice Brisebois will no longer be part of the Canadiens front office staff.

Patrice Brisebois is leaving the Montreal Canadiens for personal reasons, a source tells The Canadian Press.

Tyler Ennis will remain with the Sabres.

The Sabres re-signed centre Tyler Ennis on Thursday to a five-year contract worth US$23-million, addressing one of the final pieces of their off-season rebuilding plan.

Two people familiar with the agreement revealed the terms to The Associated Press. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Sabres referred to the contract only as a multiyear deal.

Ennis will make US$7.3-million this season, $4.75-million in 2015-16, and $3.65-million in each of the final three seasons of the contract, one of the people said.