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REPORT: Tomas Vincour to return to the Avalanche organization

The Czech forward spent last season playing with HC Brno Komets of the Czech league.


As originally reported this (North American) morning by our friends at Eurolanche, Tomas Vincour looks to be headed back to Denver this fall. As there have been no remarks from the Avalanche or their regular reporters, or the NHL, and as there's nothing on Capgeek yet, this has to be treated as an unconfirmed report. We also have no idea what the terms of any deal might be.

I'm usually skeptical of reports like this that haven't had any footing at all in North American media. I'm not sure if it's a language barrier thing or what, but Eurolanche get caught up in fuzzy rumor sometimes. However, the story stems from the official HC Brno website, which offers the following, hilariously Google translated:

Brno native Tomas Vincour at the last minute addressed the whole NHL Colorado Avalanche. I respect the fact that Thomas had an exit clause in the contract, it may again include the famous team, where the year before after transferring from Dallas played two matches. "This variant was still in the game, but we did not expect to come so soon. On the other hand, it is perhaps better for the comet that this situation occurred in late September or just before the start of the competition. Thomas, of course, good luck to him in the NHL came out, "says the departure of the club owner Libor Zabransky.

Vincour addressed his Komets fans:

"It's true. In the evening I called the manager of Colorado that wanted to sign me and the next day he sent the contract. To be honest, I did not expect it. I was pleasantly surprised and I'm looking forward, "said 191 cm tall player. "But so far I do not know exactly when I have to leave."


"I'm sorry to the management Comets, fans and the entire Brno. Because both treated me how I felt and what they were fans ... It was something incredible. I now have before us a great chance to get back in the NHL. It just came at such a time and I had to accept it, "

You'll remember Vincour was originally acquired from Dallas for defensive prospect Cameron Gaunce at the 2013 deadline. Both players were set to become RFA at the time and didn't appear to have a place with their clubs moving forward. Vincour scored 4 goals in 6 games with Brno last season after the Avalanche did not re-sign him.

I was talking to FrostyBear21 about this earlier on Twitter and he suggested it could be a professional try-out offer, which would make sense; however the HC Brno article specifically mentions an exit-clause in his contract, and basically refers to him as gone. Eurolanche speculated about a one-way deal since he's never wanted to play in the AHL.

At the end of the day, this would be one of those Not A Huge Deal signings, but even at league minimum, it's more money the front office is spending on Not Tyson Barrie.

Vincour would slot in on the right wing somewhere on the AHL/NHL boundary, ready to fill in if (when) one of the Avalanche's forwards catches the injury bug, either as a call-up himself or to fill in for a spot vacated by someone like Joey Hishon, unless he proves himself much more than he ever has before at the NHL level (16 points in 88 career games).