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Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL September 12th, 2014

Doug Pensinger

Chouinard found a team for this season.

Defenseman Joel Chouinard has agreed to terms with the Toledo Walleye for the 2014-15 season.

Chouinard spent the entire 2013-14 season with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League, skating in 67 contests and notching nine points (2g-7a). Since turning professional in 2010, the native of Sherbrooke, Quebec has appeared in 165 AHL games with Hamilton and Lake Erie, scoring 36 points (10g-26a) and adding 101 penalty minutes. A sixth-round selection (167th overall) of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Chouinard also spent time in the Central Hockey League in 2012-13, recording 20 points (6g-14a) in 42 games with Denver.

Martin joins the Komets.

The Fort Wayne Komets announced that James Martin has agreed to terms with the club for the 2014-15 season.

The Komets are the ECHL affiliate of the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League and the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League.

Martin, 23, spent most of his third pro year last season skating 51 games with the Alaska Aces, setting career highs of 15 assists and 17 points. He also skated in two games with the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hocke League, and went on the earn a Kelly Cup ring with the Aces, skating in 10 games during the postseason.

There are some new changes heading to the NHL rule book.

On video review, the “Situation Room” now has “broader discretion” when it comes to deciding on goals. The hockey operations department can give referees more “guidance” on plays that include a blown whistle or intent to blow.

Kicked-in goals will also have a more liberal definition as the league encourages more offence.

Another effort in that area is keeping faceoffs in the offensive zone if a shot breaks the glass, goes off the side of the net and out of bounds, goes off the boards or glass and out, is tipped or deflected out by a teammate or gets stuck on top of or on the outside of the net.

It's in French, but Parenteau says that the issues in Colorado "weren't helped" by the fact that he had an injured knee and that Colorado had a successful season. However, he does called Roy an excellent trainer.