The Avalanche today announced that five more players have been trimmed from the team, reducing the roster to 29 players. We're that much closer to seeing the Avs' opening night roster, as the team is just 6 cuts away from getting down to 23...but with Peter Mueller, David Koci and Kyle Cumiskey currently injured, there could be as few as three cuts remaining.
The goaltending situation was never in question, and the Avalanche have finalized this spot by sending both John Grahame and Jason Bacashihua to Lake Erie (Trevor Cann was sent to LEM last week). With that, Craig Anderson and Peter Budaj are the only goalies left on the roster.
The picture at defense got a little clearer as well, as Cameron Gaunce was reassigned to Lake Erie and Stefan Elliot was returned to his WHL team. The Avalanche have 9 defensemen remaining on their roster. If Cumiskey is on the IR at the start of the season, it's possible that all 9 will start the season with the cub, but I suspect there will be one more cut here, probably between Jonas Holos and Colby Cohen.
Luke Walker was the only forward reassigned today (may the force be with you, Luke). The Avalanche still have 18 forwards in camp, 16 if you don't count Koci and Mueller. We covered this battle on Friday and it looks like there's still some room to evaluate the remaining players. The Avalanche host the Blues tonight and it will be interesting to see how many of the bubble players will be in the lineup.