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Weekend Flurries: ‘Big Gabe’ Landeskog Meets ‘Little Gabe’

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And somehow Cale Makar was a topic of conversation in a Toronto subway car.

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The Avs

Ryan Clark of The Athletic wrote about Colorado’s goaltending tandem and what the expectations of the pair for the season are:

Hey, 7-11! Let’s work out a sponsorship deal with our favourite veggie, all right?

Speaking of Cale, I overheard this on the subway in Toronto yesterday. They could have been talking about Bowen Byram, but I’m pretty sure it was about Makar. I’m just more surprised that an Avalanche player was the topic of discussion in Toronto, and not a certain former RFA who was signed 48 hours ago.

Training Camp

Scott has been covering the Avs at training camp for us! Here are some of his observations from Day 2, including how Nazem Kadri looks like he’ll be an impactful leader for the team. Follow Scott on Twitter if you haven’t already, he’s got some great insight and videos from training camp:

On multiple occasions — after almost every play — Kadri would take a knee with his line and (I assume) discuss the play, due to his emphatic pointing at certain areas of the ice, while a watchful Donskoi and Jost listened in. I also saw on multiple occasions where he’d approach coach Bednar, ask questions, and the two would go to the glass between the benches, where coach Bednar would then draw on his whiteboard. He seems to be a very mature player who asks a lot of questions, wants to get better and wants to make an impact on this team. [Mile High Hockey]

Gabriel Landeskog had a great moment with a young fan yesterday:

Big Brother — sorry, I meant management — is always watching:

Kevin Connauton was sporting a new jersey colour at training camp:

The newest members of the Avs appear to be adjusting quite well:

The Prospects

It was Avalanche prospect Nick Leivermann’s birthday yesterday. Happy 21st, Nick!

The League

The NHL announced yesterday that they had suspended Washington Capitals forward Evgeny Kuznetsov three games:

In other RFA stalemate news, Patrik Laine will be training in Switzerland until he and the Winnipeg Jets can come to a new deal:

The Minnesota Wild signed defenseman Jared Spurgeon to a seven-year contract extension:

The St. Louis Blues are going retro:

And it appears the Carolina Hurricanes (among other teams) are in the hunt for yet another defenseman in Julius Honka (who is also an RFA and had requested a trade earlier this week). Seriously, are they just going to ice five defenders on the ice at once?


On Saturday, the Milton Menace of the OJHL (a second-tier junior league in the Greater Toronto Area) took part in the region's Hope in High Heels. The annual event is run to help raise money for Halton Women's Place - a shelter for victims of domestic abuse. It's a great cause and it was wonderful to see the region's newest junior team embrace the cause.

Lookin' great in those heels boys!