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Colorado Avalanche assign Andrei Mironov to the AHL - again

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Avalanche free up a roster spot for the trade deadline

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After yesterday’s 5-1 loss the Calgary Flames, the Colorado Avalanche re-assigned defenseman Andrei Mironov to the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL - yet again. The move frees up a roster spot for the Avalanche as we head into the final hours before the NHL trade deadline.

Mironov has been up and down between the NHL and AHL all season long. When he is with the Avs, he’s mostly been a healthy scratch - only seeing ice time in 10 games this season. Even when playing with the Rampage this season, he has been pretty underwhelming.

Hopes were high when the Avalanche brought the former 4th round pick over from the KHL this past summer. Unfortunately, the 23-year old has not yet lived up to expectations and there are whispers that he could be looking to find his way back to Russia next season.

There has not been a corresponding move announced, so as of right now, the Avalanche have an open roster spot. It could simply mean that Mark Barberio is healthy and set to come off of the injury reserve before tomorrow night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks.

It could also mean that the Avalanche are preparing themselves to make an acquisition before tomorrow’s trade deadline.

Now we play the waiting game.