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Weekend Flurries: Waiting on Mikko Rantanen as other RFAs continue to sign

Oh, and there was a trade!

Colorado Avalanche v San Jose Sharks - Game Seven Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Avs

The Avalanche took to the ice on Friday for their last practice before wrapping up their preseason schedule later tonight:

Colorado also made a minor-league trade, sending defenseman Nicolas Meloche to San Jose for goalie Antoine Bibeau. Hardev wrote about the trade:

As for his AHL success, Bibeau has a career .909 save percentage across five AHL seasons with the Toronto Marlies and San Jose Barracuda. In 182 games, Bibeau has a record of 95-60-20, with 16 shutouts. Based on his games played, Bibeau will be a solid 1a/1b, splitting the load with Werner. [Mile High Hockey]

Where do we stand with Mikko Rantanen? As more RFAs continue to sign, surely his extension is just around the corner. Things seem to be picking up, though not nearly as soon as Avs fans may hope:

The Prospects

Bowen Byram made his season debut for the Vancouver Giants last night after being sent back to junior a couple of days ago. He, along with fellow Avs prospect Trent Miner, were in the Giants’ starting lineup:

Ryan Clark of The Athletic wrote about Byram’s preseason performance:

The League

Sidney Crosby had his number retired by his junior team, the Rimouski Oceanic, last night. In a touching gesture, the QMJHL surprised fans by announcing that his number would also be retired league-wide.

The Winnipeg Jets re-signed Patrik Laine to a 2-year bridge deal (come on, Mikko, let’s get this done):

Enjoy the weekend, Avs fans!