Mike Chambers seems to imply as much in his recent article on Michael Sgarbossa.
because of the contract dispute between the Avs and fourth-year center Ryan O'Reilly, Sgarbossa is one of three players in the running to serve as the 13th and final forward when the 23-man, opening-night roster is announced by Thursday.
This much we already know: With O'Reilly holding out, the Avs currently have 11 NHL forwards. They recalled four forwards (Sgarbossa, Olver, Van der Gulik, Bordeleau) from the Monsters for training camp.
He earlier reported that Sacco is
leaning towards keeping 13 forwards and eight defensemen, instead of the traditional 14 and seven.
Chambers goes on to say that Sgarbossa is essentially competing for that final spot with Bordeleau and Van Der Gulik...no mention of Mark Olver.
Did Chambers simply forget that Olver was amongst those call-ups competing for a roster spot because he has been practicing on the fourth line? Or Is the implication that Olver already has a roster spot and the other three are competing for the last one? Does the fact that Olver's been practicing on the fourth line rather than the fifth indicate that coaches feel he has an inside track at a roster spot?
Maybe I am reading between the lines too much. But, just something fun to think about this morning. It's fun to talk hockey again. :)