The Colorado Avalanche announced last night that forward Rocco Grimaldi and defenseman Duncan Seimens have been recalled from the San Antonio Rampage.
Grimaldi’s call-up is his third to Colorado this season. The 5-foot-6, 180-pound forward has tallied 24 points (13g/11a) in 40 games with the Rampage this season, while registering three points (1g/2a) in six games with Colorado.
The young winger has been called up in an attempt to spark an AValanche offense that has struggled recently. While Grimaldi brings some speed and puck skill to the lineup, he has also been a defensive liability. His 83.66 CA/60 is the worst of anyone in the NHL that has played more than one game this season. The team gives up a lot of scoring chances while he is on the ice, so hopefully coach Bednar is able to shelter his minutes.
On the back end, Andrei Mironov has been returned to the Rampage in order to make room for Duncan Siemens. Siemens’ call-up is his second this season. The former first-round pick has seven points (1g/6a) in 45 games with San Antonio this season. If he gets into a game with the Avs, it will be his second of the season.
Mironov has collected nine points (1g/8a) and 24 penalty minutes in 22 games with the Rampage this season. He has been up with the Avalanche but not playing, so this assignment is likely to get him back into game action.
We don’t know yet if either Grimaldi or Siemens will get into the lineup tonight against the Canadiens.