Player News - Avalanche

Date: Team: Pos:

Jan Hejda (upper body) took part in Wednesday's practice.

Hejda is day-to-day and questionable for Game 1 on Thursday. Hejda had six goals and 17 points in 78 games in 2013-14. He was also second on the team with an average of 22:19 minutes per contest.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 16 - 1:43 PM

Nathan MacKinnon is slated to play between Ryan O'Reilly and P.A. Parenteau in Game 1 against Minnesota on Thursday night.

He led all rookies in scoring in 2013-14 with 63 points in 82 games. "Obviously, with [Matt Duchene] out, it puts a lot more pressure on everybody else," MacKinnon said. "But we have tons of good forwards. It's not just going to be me that they're going to be paying attention to. I think it's good that, if they key on one guy, we'll have other guys step up. They're going to have to kind of choose who they want to pick their battles with." The Avalanche will feature Gabriel Landeskog and Paul Stastny on their other scoring line.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 16 - 9:10 AM

The Colorado Avalanche won a division title this season and are set for a playoff run despite having the third lowest payroll in the NHL during 2013-14.

Just two teams spent less on base player salaries this season according to Cap Geek, while those two teams (the Panthers and Islanders) finished way out of the playoff contention. The Avs are fuelled by a young core with players like Gabe Landeskog still on rookie contracts. Landeskog is earning under one million dollars this season, but signed a lucrative contract extension.
Source: Cap Geek
Apr 15 - 9:17 PM

Matt Duchene (knee) will miss the Avalanche's first two playoff games at a minimum.

Duchene had 23 goals and 70 points in 71 games this season. He didn't take part in Tuesday's practice and it wouldn't be shocking if he doesn't return before the end of the first round.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 15 - 5:31 PM

John Mitchell (concussion) might be able to return before the end of the first round.

Of course, given that it's a concussion we're talking about, any timetable needs to be taken with a grain of salt. Mitchell wasn't able to participate in Colorado's final two games of the regular season.
Apr 15 - 3:42 PM

Jan Hejda (upper body) didn't participate in Tuesday's practice.

Hejda had 17 points in 78 games during the regular season. He is day-to-day, according to Avalanche coach Patrick Roy.
Apr 15 - 3:08 PM

Cody McLeod (ankle) is expected to be back in the lineup for Game 1 of Colorado's first-round series against Minnesota.

He missed a sixth straight game on Sunday due to an ankle injury.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 14 - 12:56 PM

John Mitchell has been diagnosed with a concussion.

He isn't expected to be ready to play when the playoffs begin. Mitchell missed Colorado's last two games of the regular season after complaining of headaches on Friday.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 14 - 12:45 PM

Tyson Barrie (upper body) is projected to be fine to play in Game 1 against Minnesota on Thursday night.

He was held out of Sunday's contest mainly as a precaution, according to coach Patrick Roy. Barrie enjoyed an excellent 2013-14 campaign with 13 goals and 38 points from the blueline in 64 games.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 14 - 12:41 PM

Jan Hejda suffered an upper-body injury in Sunday's regular season finale.

He was hurt in the second period and didn't return after logging 14:47 of ice time. Coach Patrick Roy wasn't sure about the defenseman's status following the contest, so his availability for Game 1 of the playoffs against Minnesota should be considered questionable at this time.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 14 - 12:36 PM

Colorado goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere turned in a strong game in what likely was his final NHL regular-season appearance.

Giguere stopped 33 of the 36 shots he faced in Anaheim before the Ducks prevailed 3-2 in overtime. Giguere, who won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007, got a loud ovation and waved to the season-high crowd of 17,528 when he was recognized during a first-period timeout. As Semyon Varlamov's backup this season, Giguere produced a record of 11-6-1 in 2013-14. He also winds up with a GAA of 2.62 and a save percentage of .913.
Apr 13 - 11:29 PM

Brad Malone netted his third goal of the season during the Avalanche's 3-2 overtime loss to the Ducks in Anaheim Sunday night.

Stefan Elliott also got on the scoresheet for the Avs with his first goal of the season. Both Colorado and Anaheim were already locked into playoff matchups before the puck dropped. Anaheim won its first Western Conference title Saturday and will play the Dallas Stars in the first round. Colorado won the Central Division, its first division crown since 2002-03, when the St. Louis Blues lost to the Detroit Red Wings earlier Sunday, and will play the Minnesota Wild.
Apr 13 - 11:23 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have promoted Stefan Elliott.

Elliott has 14 goals and 28 points in 61 AHL games this season. He will help fill the void left by Tyson Barrie, who is dealing with an upper-body injury.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 13 - 10:15 AM

John Mitchell did not play Friday night against the Sharks.

He was experiencing headaches which the Avs' coaching staff are concerned may be concussion-like in nature. For now reserve Mitchell and consider him day-to-day.
Source: Denver Post
Apr 12 - 1:00 PM

Semyon Varlamov will start in goal Sunday against Anaheim.

He will be gunning for a very impressive 42nd win which will extend the team record he set Thursday night. Execept for some personal problems with his girlfriend that led to charges that were utlimately dropped, Varlamov has had a dream season under Patrick Roy in 2013-14.
Apr 12 - 12:56 PM


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