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Morning Flurries: Avalanche make some call-ups and Brian Boyle takes a tremendous step

Brian Boyle Practices with the New Jersey Devils for the first time since being diagnosed with leukaemia

Colorado Avalanche v New Jersey Devils Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

With the Colorado Avalanche on a bit of an extended break this week, the team was able to take their time when deciding who to call up to replace J.T. Compher and Tyson Jost. The Avs made the announcement yesterday that it would be Gabriel Bourque and A.J. Greer that will be coming up from San Antonio.

It’s good to see Greer getting a shot as it looked like the rookie was well on his way to making the team until he was sidelined with a concussion during the preseason.

So far this season, fans around the NHL have been talking about how good Will Butcher has been as a NCAA UFA in New Jersey. He’s been good, but luckily, so has Alex Kerfoot. The Avs own NCAA free agent signing has been a valuable part of the top-6 and powerplay this season and it’s clear he’s destined to exceed most expectations this season.

Speaking of NCAA free agents, down in San Antonio, Dominic Toninato scores his first professional goal over the season. He added another later in the game.

Around the NHL

Over in New Jersey, the Devils got some great news as Brian Boyle was cleared to practice with the team for the first time since being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia. This is great news for Brian as it shows that his treatment for the disease is going well.

The Vegas Golden Knights are flying high at the top of the standings, but that’s not likely going to continue. Vegas is now without both of their NHL goalies as Malcolm Subban has been lost to the team for “several weeks” after suffering an injury. The two goalies on the roster are now Oscar Dansk and Maxime Legace, who have a combined 13 minutes and 46 seconds of NH experience.