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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL August 6th, 2014

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The Belfast Giants signed a former Colorado Avalanche Draft pick.

The 30-year-old forward, who was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in Round 5 of the 2003 NHL draft, is being hailed as a player who can speed and grit to the side.

McCutcheon has played 145 games in the AHL, before spending the last four seasons in Europe.

His time there included two years with HC Bolzano, helping them win the Italian Supercup and the Italian National Championship.

His last season was spent with Norwegian side Valerenga and Danish side Aalborg.

"He's a player I've been speaking to for quite a while," Steve Thornton said.

Heh, an auction company tried to sell a house as a "Don Cherry used to live here". Problem 1: Don Cherry never lived there. Problem 2: Don Cherry found out about it.

An auction house is apologizing to Don Cherry for erroneously promoting a mansion as having belonged to the hockey commentator.

Ritchies Auctioneers says in a statement the "trusted" owner had told them Cherry previously owned the home in Mississauga, Ont.

Cherry took to Twitter Tuesday to say he never lived there, calling the auction house "liars" and saying it was "pretty low" to use his name to sell a home.

Del Zotto signs in Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Flyers agreed to terms with defenseman Michael Del Zotto on a one-year contract on Tuesday.

Financial terms were not released, per team policy, but TSN reported that Del Zotto's deal is worth $1.3 million.

Timonen has blood clots.

The Flyers announced this unfortunate development with defenseman Kimmo Timonen this afternoon, saying that the blood clots are in his lower right leg and each of his lungs. He's back in Finland getting treatment.

Obviously, the hockey season is on the back burner with this scary injury. Frankly, given Kimmo's age and the fact that he's likely only playing one more NHL season anyway, it wouldn't be shocking if he just called it quits. Blood clots are obviously quite serious -- in fact, just yesterday news broke that blood clots in the lungs are forcing NFL guard Jason Pinkston, just 26 years old, to retire from the game.

The Lokomotiv plane crash is a feature on the Smithsonian channel.

A Russian passenger jet crashes into the Volga River, killing almost everyone on board. The incident turns into a national tragedy when rescuers discover the plane carried some of the country's most famous athletes, the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl hockey team. What caused one of the worst disasters in sports history? Was it the crew's fault or would the blame be cast on an aviation industry that isn't up to European and American standards? Investigators are under extreme pressure to find out. The reason is almost too simple to believe.