The Colorado Avalanche kicked off the new school year with an informal skate with about 15 of their players and prospects. via Ryan S. Clark, the names of attendees were as follows: Gabriel Landeskog, J.T. Compher, Andre Burakovsky, Samuel Girard, Cale Makar, Erik Johnson, Nikita Zadorov, Shane Bowers, Martin Kaut, Logan O’Connor, Bowen Byram, Conor Timmins, and Philipp Grubauer,
Wait, back it up, Erik Johnson was skating? That’s impressive. Maybe the timeline for his return has been pushed back from December. No sign of Ian Cole, though, so his recovery situation likely hasn’t changed for the better.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Erik Johnson will be in the lineup on opening night https://t.co/IhkdfNRMCV— Mile High Hockey (@MileHighHockey) September 3, 2019
The Avalanche are one of the six teams playing in the Anaheim Rookie Faceoff tournament starting this weekend. You can watch the games live on Facebook through the link in the tweet. The roster can be found here.
The “Big Three” TV networks have joined forces and have been working to take away Altitude Sports from their main cable subscriptions. Matt Hutchings, President of Altitude Sports outlines the whole situation from his side here.
A letter to fans from Matt Hutchings, President of Altitude Sports. pic.twitter.com/vZWsfDnfwR— AltitudeTV (@AltitudeTV) September 4, 2019
Furthermore on the TV front, here’s a nice visual of all the national games the Avalanche will be playing in across the US. 12 is definitely an increase from last year.
Andy Vernier looks back at last season for Sheldon Dries and looks forward to see if the jump to the NHL is possible for the young center. He’s got one NHL goal, hopefully there’s some more in him that we can all get excited about. [NHL dot com]
Although the goal wasn’t the prettiest, it showed Dries’ ability to get in front of the net and into traffic. During the play, Alexander Kerfoot gathered the puck on the blueline, gave a saucer pass over the stick of the defender to Tyson Barrie who began working his was along the boards. As soon as Barrie received the pass, Dries worked his way in between the defender and the goalie. When Barrie reached the top of the circle, he fired a shot towards the net where Dries was able to deflect the puck off of the defender’s skate and into the net.
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Tyson Barrie is now just somebody that we used to know. But now he’s in Toronto and spoke to the media about how he’s settling in with the team and how he gets on with his new defense partner. [TSN]
Tyson Barrie figures he'll be with Jake Muzzin as a pairing to start, and quite happily so: "I love playing with Muz. I played with him at World Championships...when we won. He’s a pleasure to play with, a very poised, smart guy. He’s got a lot of experience and he talks a lot"— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) September 3, 2019
Also, apparently the Toronto media is a little slow on the uptake regarding Alexander Kerfoot’s name. How many times do we have to say it? It’s not Alex!
Tyson Barrie is wearing #94, and ALEXANDER* Kerfoot is wearing #15.— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) September 3, 2019
(apparently everyone on twitter except me knows that alexander kerfoot hates it when you call him alex kerfoot) https://t.co/gmu61WYvex
Thank you, Lauren.
How many times will he have to say "it's Alexander Kerfoot" before it actually sinks in— ♀️Lauren Kelly ♀️ (@laurkelly24) September 3, 2019
In goalie news, Cat had a great piece in InGoal Magazine on Sergei Bobrovsky and his training regimen that got him into the form he’s in today. [InGoal Magazine]
Bobrovsky’s performance also improved with his health; after falling below league-average with a .908 save percentage in 2015-16, he rebounded with a .931 save percentage and won his second Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltender in 2016-17.
The Seattle Whatevers have made another signing, hiring Rick Olyczk to be their Assistant General Manager. Olyczk was a scout for the Maple Leafs (we think Europe?) this past season after serving as AGM for both the Edmonton Oilers and then the Carolina Hurricanes going back over a decade.
Patrick Williams has his ear to the ground when it comes to this current AHL collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league. League president and CEO Dave Andrews has been very positive and hopeful in his statements on the situation.
I would not expect any major issues with the AHL CBA.— PATRICK WILLIAMS (@pwilliamsNHL) September 3, 2019
The two sides have long had a good relationship, they have hammered out many of the major issues in the past, and it is not in anyone's interest to bicker.
In 2015, the CBA was announced on October 9th of that year.
And finally, the Grand Rapids Griffins did a jersey design contest and Jurassic Park won! The jerseys will be worn on 90’s Night at the end of February.