With the NHL season kicking off tomorrow today was the deadline for clubs to finalize their regular season rosters. The Avs made their final cuts today reassigning one player to Lake Erie and placing three in the injured reserve.
The roster was previously cut to 27 players on October 2nd. I tweeted about it, but haven’t been able to find the time to write anything up. (more…)
Colorado was back on the ice tonight, but this time they played host to the St. Louis Blues. Despite having many of their star players in the lineup, including Matt Duchene, Paul Stastny, and starting goaltender Semyon Varlamov, the Blues were still too much to handle. Since it wasn’t a televised game I’m not going to write a full recap, but here is what went down. (more…)
In many people’s eyes today marked the beginning of the NHL season. You can count me as one of those people. Rookie camp opened this morning at Family Sports Center in Cenetennial, Colorado. Unfortunately, I can’t make the 1,725 mile trip to be there, which would take 28 hours if I were to drive if you were wondering, but I can do my best to write about it based on what I read online.
With the recent news of Peter Forsberg’s retirement combined with the injury Matt Duchene sustained in last night’s 9-1 loss to the Calgary Flames it is no surprise that a forward has been called up from Lake Erie.
Mark Olver will make the long flight from Ohio to Colorado to join the team for their game tomorrow night versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. Olver had previously appeared in four games this season recording two assists and two penalty minutes.
Avalanche beat writer Adrian Dater reported that Duchene’s hand injury required X-rays but the team isn’t releasing any further information at this time. Defenseman Adam Foote has missed the last four games due to a leg injury and is still looking at another seven to ten days before he is ready to return.
The injury ridden Avalanche are looking to end an eight game losing streak tomorrow night when they welcome the Penguins to town who are dealing with a brash of injuries themselves.
Hopefully, the injury Duchene suffered is nothing serious and he will be back for Saturday’s game in San Jose. Olver could have been called up to give Joe Sacco more options on forward since he is now one short with Forsberg announcing his retirement, but I speculate Duchene will be out at least tomorrow’s game.
Avs fans everywhere are rejoicing with the announcement that David Van Der Gulik has been cleared to play and will partake in warm-ups tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks. This explains why there have been no forward call-ups from Lake Erie with the recent injuries to Milan Hejduk and Kyle Quincey.
Hejduk pulled his groin Friday night in Atlanta and Quincey injured his shoulder at some point during the first period of the game Saturday against the Washington Capitals. I assume the injury occurred when he crashed into the boards midway through the first after attempting to hit Alex Ovechkin when the Caps scored their first goal.
I was a bit confused as to why no one had been called up because it is unusual that the team dresses all of their available players which would include David Koci. With Van Der Gulik cleared to play he may be in the lineup tonight which would ultimately mean Koci would be scratched again. If Van Der Gulik doesn’t feel ready to go then expect to see Koci warming the bench for 56 minutes of tonight’s game.