According to the AHL Transactions page, last night the Colorado Avalanche recalled winger Andrew Agozzino from the San Antonio Rampage. Aggy is one of my favourite players of all time from the Niagara IceDogs, and I’m thrilled to see him get another call up to the NHL. He’s been playing excellently at the AHL level, and I’m hoping with this recall he can make enough of an impact to stay up longer than his previous record of nine games.
Agozzino was in the Avalanche organization for two years previously (on an AHL only deal two season before that) and played ten games in the NHL scoring one goal and adding two assists. In the Avs AHL teams he was an alternate captain once he signed his NHL deal, and has put up excellent numbers in the AHL since then as well.
Last year he was on an AHL deal with the Chicago Wolves, where he scored 54 points, and his absence was felt as the Avs brought him back to San Antonio. Now he’s called up once again.
Agozzino plays a hard game, and would fit in well with the Avalanche bottom six. He’s an elbows in the corners, never give up, clearing the net kind of player who has a great nose for the game and a mind to help set up his teammates. I know it’s all the rage to not be into the intangibles and the stories that we see in hockey, but watching Agozzino play in Niagara for five years he was a prominent leader on the team and for the fans, even while higher profile players like Ryan Strome and Dougie Hamilton got all the attention from outside Niagara. He can bring so much to the Avalanche organization, on and off the ice, and I hope it’s finally seen this time, and he can stick around long enough to unpack. Tonight the Avs host the Blackhawks, hopefully, we’ll see a jersey with Agozzino on the back out there on the ice.
It also looks like Rocco Grimaldi will make his way up to the Avs as well - again according to the AHL transaction page.
Grimaldi has 5 points through 7 AHL games this season and is likely up as insurance in case Alex Kerfoot is lost for an extended period of time.
The team hasn’t announced the transactions yet, so for now, we’ll just wait and see if either Grimaldi or Agozzino make it into the lineup tonight.