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Avs ink offensive d-man Noreau from Swiss league

Jul 7, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

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After three years, Maxim Noreau is on his way back to North America.

On Monday, Colorado signed Noreau to a two-year, $1.25 million deal, per the Denver Post. The deal comes after Noreau spent the last three seasons racking up points for HC Ambrì-Piotta of the Swiss National A League, scoring 89 in 124 contests.

Noreau, 27, made his NHL debut with Minnesota in 2009-10, just a few years after signing as an undrafted free agent out of QMJHL Victoriaville. He appeared in six games for the Wild, spending most of his time in AHL Houston and, not surprisingly, racking up points — in 2009-10, he finished tied for 2nd in the league with P.K. Subban for goals by a defenseman (18) and, in his last season with the Aeros, put up 54 points in 76 games.

Noreau has a decent shot of cracking the Avs lineup next year. The team has seven d-men currently on NHL contracts — Erik Johnson, Brad Stuart, Jan Hejda, Ryan Wilson, Nate Guenin, Zach Redmond and Nick Holden — and that’s not exactly the toughest group to break into. That said, Colorado still has to reach new deals with RFA d-men Tyson Barrie and Stefan Elliott, so the mix will get more crowded.

  1. i1theinternet - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    getting ready to trade Ryan Wilson…

  2. blomfeld - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:03 AM

    on the eve of battle …

    ACHTUNG !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    with all due respect to Halford & crew, nobody gives a crap about some Swiss queen who scored 89 points in 124 ‘contests’ … no sir ! … because tonight, all the people care about is the ‘great’ battle which will take place tomorrow, between the Fatherland and Brazil !

    Sieg für Deutschland !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)


    *** earlier tonight at a worker’s pub in the Schönefeld district of Berlin ***

    Blomfeld: I’m actually very nervous about tomorrow eh ?

    Stransky: oh come on Blom … you said the same thing when our LA Kings we’re in tight !

    Meyer: that’s right Blom … and besides, who the hell are the ‘Brazilians’ supposed to be ?

    Gai Lan: a bunch of pineapple pickers ? … tee hee hee ! :)

    Blomfeld: okay friends, perhaps I’m being a little ‘too’ apprehensive here eh ?

    Stransky: Bob’s your uncle ! … Kellnerin, eine andere Runde von Getränken bitte ?

    Waitress (Heidi): of course ! … ‘anything’ for comrade Blomfeld ! :)

    • spoon9z - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:10 AM

      why in this thread? are you drunk or just stupid?

      • pj608 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:32 AM

        Probably both

      • wutangwild - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:58 AM

        Gotta be something else mixed in there too…

      • endusersolutions2013 - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        I think the Blomdude is going for the alltime record for the ProHockeyTalk thumbs down to thumbs up ratio (I think Alex has this locked up on Yahoo – only mention that as he’s also known to post about “his kings” anywhere without considering the actual subject of the thread)

    • avfanforlife - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Somebody please make this idiot go away!

      • getadealdonealready - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        Avs fans get rid of Avscup, and I’m sure wild fans will come to help make bloomers go away

      • wutangwild - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        @getadealdone — I think that’s a cause both Avs and Wild fans can rally behind…no ALL NHL fans. I’ve seen people on DMT make more coherent comments

      • lordfletcher - Jul 8, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        avscup doesn’t need to go.

        He was talking trash against wild fans in the postseason, other than that, he was seemed alright. It’s not like there haven’t been a few dumb Wild posters here.

        just saying.

        There have only been two guys that have really annoyed people on this site like no other. Need not same names tho obvious


  3. blomfeld - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Come hither my ‘stupid’ little friends and check this out …


    Belo Horizonte, Brazil – The tears started flowing before half time, and by the end of a 7-1 shellacking in the World Cup semifinal, millions across Brazil were in dazed, damp-eyed disbelief. The national team wasn’t just defeated by a powerful German team. It was routed in front of the entire world, humiliated at its own party. Young and old, Brazilians shared in the anguish of what many were already calling a national calamity, the worst loss in its team’s storied World Cup history. A rain of seven goals by the powerful Germany team devastated the Brazilian soccer faithful who packed onto the golden sands of Copacabana beach to watch the match. To make matters worse, at the Fan Fest viewing area on Copacabana beach, hundreds of people stampeded out as a gang of young men carried out a mass robbery, running through crowd, inciting panic and snatching necklaces and bags along the way.

    summary: always ‘think’ before spewing your ugliness friends, as ‘he’ is forever listening …




    and may God have mercy on the Avalanche of Colorado …

    • lordfletcher - Jul 8, 2014 at 11:22 PM

      leave your crap politics comments on another board

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