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Timmins makes 23-man roster; Makar takes 'maintenance' day

October 1, 2019 - 4:35 PM ET

The Avalanche set their opening-night roster Tuesday, reducing the roster to the NHL maximum of 23 players by assigning defensemen Kevin Connauton and Calle Rosen, and forward Jayson Megna to the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey League. Defenseman Ian Cole, who had offseason hips surgery, w...

Timmins goal: be an impact player

October 2, 2019 - 6:57 PM ET

You have to feel good for Conor Timmins, who made the Avalanche’s opening-night roster after missing all of last season to recover from post-concussion symptoms. Most folks, including me, thought the 21-year-old defenseman would begin the season with the Colorado Eagles of the American Hockey L...

Ready to get the season underway

October 3, 2019 - 4:45 PM ET

Six players will make their Avalanche debuts Thursday night in the season opener against Calgary at the Pepsi Center. Nazem Kadri, who was acquired from Toronto on July 1 in the Tyson Barrie trade, heads the list. The others: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Andre Burakovsky, Joonas Donskoi, Valeri Nich...

Improved D-zone play expected

October 4, 2019 - 4:50 PM ET

Not much news to report from Avalanche practice Friday, other than Joonas Donski was given a “maintenance day” and wasn’t on the ice after his two-goal effort Thursday in the 5-3 win against Calgary. He’s expected to play Saturday against Minnesota at the Pepsi Center. Coach Jared Bedn...

Donskoi, Burakovsky switch lines; Calvert to play 500th NHL game

October 5, 2019 - 4:09 PM ET

Joonas Donskoi and Andre Burakovsky will switch places Saturday when the Avalanche play Minnesota at the Pepsi Center. Donskoi, who scored two goals Thursday in the season-opening 5-3 win against Calgary, will move to the second line with Tyson Jost and Nazem Kadri. Burakovsky will drop to the th...

Cole practices, close to returning; Timmins assigned to AHL Eagles

October 7, 2019 - 6:33 PM ET

A couple of surprises Monday at practice: Defenseman Ian Cole has been cleared for contact and he took part in drills. The original prognosis was he wouldn’t be available until December after undergoing surgery on both hips after last season. We were told Cole will talk after practice Wednes...

Compher out with lower-body injury; Cole practices again

October 9, 2019 - 4:21 PM ET

J.T. Compher didn’t practice Wednesday because of a lower-body injury and won’t play Thursday against Boston at the Pepsi Center. “I was kind of expecting him to skate this morning, then he came in not feeling as good as what we hoped,” coach Jared Bednar said. “We kept him off the ice...

Barberio to make season debut

October 10, 2019 - 3:55 PM ET

Defenseman Mark Barberio will make his season debut Thursday when the Avalanche play Boston at the Pepsi Center in the third game of the four-game homestand. The GAME NOTES. Defenseman Ian Cole has made a remarkable recovery after undergoing surgery on both hips in the offseason, taking pa...

'Good possibility' Francouz gets first NHL start on Saturday

October 11, 2019 - 7:06 PM ET

Backup goalie Pavel Francouz could make his first NHL start Saturday when the Avalanche face Arizona to close out their four-game homestand, Coach Jared Bednar said after practice Friday that it’s a “good possibility” the Czech Republic native will get the nod. Philipp Grubauer made 39 s...

Francouz to get first NHL start

October 12, 2019 - 4:17 PM ET

Pavel Francouz will make his first NHL start Saturday when the Avalanche play Arizona at the Pepsi Center to close out a four-game homestand. “He’s got a great demeanor about him, comes to the rink every day and works extremely hard,” coach Jared Bednar said after the morning skate. “He...