Valeri Nichushkin and Bo Byram out with new injuries

Valeri Nichushkin and Bo Byram out with new injuries

There were rumblings this morning that there could be new Colorado avalanche injuries to report. Unfortunately, the rumblings had meat to them: Valeri Nichushkin and Bo Byram are out with ailments that will be weeks, not days, and Sam Girard is also day-to-day with something.

Avalanche practice notes

  • Nichushkin will be out for about a month, according to coach Bednar after having ankle surgery. This injury is not related to the one he had during the Stanley Cup Finals. In Finland, he warmed up in the first game, but was seen looking at his foot with the trainers and never played in both games.
  • Byram is out and listed as week-to-week with a lower-body injury.
  • Girard is out with a lower-body injury and is listed as day-to-day.
  • This will obviously try The avalanches more depth Who could the avalanche remember of the Eagles to play, instead of Byram and maybe Girard? My money is on veteran Brad Hunt, but we’ll see. This Nichushkin setback gives Martin Kaut even more of a chance to prove himself, probably.
  • Bednar said the reassignment of Mikhail Maltsev and Kaut was for boss purposes. Expect more reminders on Wednesday or Thursday to fill in some gaps. The Colorado Eagles play tonight and tomorrow, so it will be interesting to see what roster moves they make themselves.
  • Gabriel Landeskog continues on pace for three-month comeback.
  • Darren Helm doesn’t have an estimated time of return, but “it will be sooner rather than later,” Bednar said.

Coach Bednar

Bednar when asked about Peter McNab’s death, “To me, he’s a guy who deserved a lot of respect.” He went on for about five minutes about how he thought McNab was a great man. Bednar mentioned that “I talked to him a lot the first year because it was a tough year for me.”

Mikko Rantanen

Today I had the opportunity to speak briefly with Mikko Rantanan in the dressing room. when asked if he had family at the Finland games, “I had about fifty friends and family there, including my dad. It was great.”

Continuing with the hat trick and the crowd cheering, “It was amazing. You never expect to hear these things. It was a bit of a funny moment, it gave me chills. All the boys were looking at me and 12,000 people chanting my name, it was great time. I got chills.”

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As for the tour guide of the week: “It was fun taking the boys to the sauna and taking them to eat traditional Finnish reindeer. That was the best part.”

Allau will do a full training again tomorrow at 11am at the Family Sports Centre. There were a decent number of guys today, including Andrew Cogliano, whose hand we were a little worried about, but he’s a tough customer.

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