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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL August 20th, 2014

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Jim McIsaac

Defending Big D takes a look at the Avs. They, uhh, aren't huge fans...

Final Thoughts

The Colorado defense is still going to be a weak point. Completing the triumvirate of "late-30's acquisitions", the Avs traded a couple of draft picks to the San Jose Sharks for Brad Stuart. Oh look! Another declining player! It would appear the Avalanche are very keen to get this whole "regression" thing started. To further shore up the defense, they then also signed Zach Redmond and Maxim Noreau and extended Nick Holden. You'll be forgiven for not knowing who any of those guys are, seeing as how their combined NHL experience doesn't total up to a single season.

Anyone else get the feeling "the beleaguered Semyon Varlamov" will be a common theme this year?

One final thing in the "dog days of summer" rumor mill, Kevin Hayes, who featured in our write up of the Blackhawks a couple weeks back, did indeed decline to sign in Chicago. And, along with 28 other teams, the Avalanche are rumored to be interested! For what it's worth, they are mentioned first in this article, and they have a terrible prospect system, so, who knows?

Is Steve Moore actually settling? Want a refresher of the key dates in the case? CBC's got your back.

When is a deal not yet a done deal?

When one of only three parties involved says so.

That seems to be the case Tuesday evening with a reported out-of-court settlement between Steve Moore, Todd Bertuzzi and the Vancouver Canucks.

Only Geoff Adair, Bertuzzi's lawyer, is saying an agreement has been reached. But he is the only one.

Not the Canucks. Not Tim Danson, Moore's lawyer.

Despite Adair's assertion that an agreement has been "settled in its totality," Danson's silence speak volumes. He is usually more than willing to discuss matters with reporters and is quick to return phone calls.

Tuesday? Not a peep.

Leighton signs with the Hawks for a year.

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed goaltender Michael Leighton to a one-year contract.

The 33-year-old Leighton provides some organizational depth behind starter Corey Crawford and backup Antti Raanta. Barring injury, he could spend much of the year with Chicago’s AHL affiliate in Rockford.

Wang sells the Islanders.

New York Islanders owner Charles Wang has reached an agreement to sell his ownership of the team to former Washington Capitals co-owner Jonathan Ledecky and London investor Scott Malkin.

Newsday first reported the news. The deal would see Ledecky and Malkin hold minority stakes in the Islanders for two seasons, then assume majority control by the 2016-17 season. It's all pending approval from the NHL's board of governors.

"We are pleased to have the opportunity to become partners in the New York Islanders with Charles, and to pursue our shared dream of winning a fifth Stanley Cup for the greatest fans in the NHL," Ledecky said in an announcement from the team.