It would appear the bye week did not help the Colorado Avalanche get any healthier. Earlier today, the team recalled goaltender Andrew Hammond, A.J. Greer, and defenseman David Warsofsky from the NHL ahead of practice tomorrow morning.
These call-ups signal that J.T. Compher, Sven Andrighetto, and Semyon Varlamov are not ready to return from the IR when the team gets back on the ice after being away all week.
Greer has tallied 10 points (6g/4a) in 17 games with the Rampage this season, while recording one assist in nine games with the Avalanche. The 2015 second-round draft pick (39th overall) looks like he will be the first forward call-up whenever needed for the remainder of the season.
Warsofsky’s call-up is his first of the season. The Marshfield, Massachusetts, native has skated in 34 games with the Rampage this season, collecting 13 points (4g/9a). An AHL veteran, Warsofsky has registered two goals and four assists in 39 NHL games between the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, and New Jersey Devils.
The undersized defenseman is a great skater and is very smart with the puck. He might get into the lineup in order to fill the puck-moving, powerplay role created by Tyson Barrie’s injury.
Andrew Hammond returns to fill in as Jonathan Bernier’s backup while Varlamov continues to nurse his lower-body injury.
The Avs are back in action Saturday night as they visit the Dallas Stars, looking to extend their season-high winning streak to six games.