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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL July 29th, 2014

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Winnik has signed with the Leafs.

This signing is also the first personnel move involving new assistant GM Kyle Dubas. The 28-year-old with a passion for analytics apparently liked Winnik’s numbers as they pertained to advanced stats.

"Of course we asked Kyle as part of talking to everyone, though we’d asked about Daniel long before this," Nonis said.

Winnik joked that analytics were a mystery to him and most NHLers, but he had spoken to Carlyle about the rudiments of what to expect in camp.

The Komets signed two players.

This gives the Komets 11 players on the preseason roster, including seven forwards, three defensemen and one goaltender. They also have an affiliation with the Colorado Avalanche and the Lake Erie Monsters.

"We're still communicating with Colorado on what we'll be getting from them," Graham said. "We wanted to get some size, energy and some depth early on. We're going after some other guys real hard right now."

Our SBN sister site Lighthouse Hockey takes on the O'Reilly issue.

O'Reilly has had a contentious relationship with the Avalanche over the past few years, with the club recognizing his role as a top player, but the player tending to seek a share of team compensation that is beyond what they wanted to budget for his slot, beyond what they were hoping to do considering the number of high-end (but still cost-controlled...for now) players who are already or about to command top dollar.

This relationship and disagreement on value has previously led to him holding out/playing in Europe after the lockout, signing an offer sheet with then-division rival Calgary, and heading toward arbitration this month until the sides dodged the hearing with minutes to spare.

Needless to say, it created years of drawn-out drama for fans who wanted to buy into what the Avs were creating, all the while fearful an important piece would flee.

Couture still haunted by the Sharks collapse.

Logan Couture doesn’t have to look far to be reminded of the San Jose Sharks’ playoff collapse against the Los Angeles Kings.

His surgically repaired right hand still has scars from last month’s surgery, and the recovery has been slow. He expects the hand, injured in a fight with Kings centre Mike Richards, to be okay by training camp.

And Couture works out with Kings defenceman Drew Doughty, who was set to have his day with the Stanley Cup on Friday. Doughty doesn’t chirp his good friend, but that doesn’t stop Couture from thinking about the painful first-round series loss.

“I think every time I see hockey on TV or read about it in the paper,” he said.

Virginia Tech is up to something interesting.

Hockey helmets may be on the verge of a radical makeover, as scientists and engineers at Virginia Tech prepare a rating system that measures each brand’s and model’s ability to reduce the risk of concussion.

“After football, hockey is the sport that produces the highest rate of concussion,” said Dr. Stefan M. Duma, a Virginia Tech professor and the head of the university’s biomedical engineering department. “We want to produce a mechanism to try and reduce that risk of concussion.”

That mechanism is a five-point rating scale called the STAR system, which the Virginia Tech football team began applying to its helmets in 2011. While there is still disagreement on whether concussions can be reduced by improving helmets, the football rating system quickly became influential, leading manufacturers to substantially increase internal padding. Sales for five-star football helmets have soared, and those for low-rated helmets plunged.

29 Things learned at Dominic Moore's Smashfest.

16. Originally the Flames thought someone in the dressing room was running the Boring Sean Monahan Twitter account, but now Cammalleri says they think it’s someone on the outside: “We find it hilarious.”