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Morning Flurries: Another Monday without Avalanche hockey

Is this the week the NHL will finally agree on plans for the 2021 season?

Dallas Stars v Colorado Avalanche - Game Seven Photo by Andy Devlin/NHLI via Getty Images

Relevant news is few and far between these days in Colorado Avalanche territory. However, Cale Makar contributed to this charity endeavor to help design a custom ping pong table which will be auctioned off with proceeds helping fund rare cancer research. Check out the video below for a bit on Makar’s thought process on the design which begins at 13:30.

Pavel Francouz recently spoke to the media in his home of the Czech Republic about the injury issues he dealt with in the playoffs. The story is the problem really began when he was run into in the round-robin game against Dallas and hurt his hip. Francouz and the team then agreed he’d only play in back-to-back situations but once Philipp Grubauer went down he had to enter the fire and the hip got progressively worse until he lost all his range of motion. The hip is not expected to be an issue going forward but Francouz had a clean-up procedure on both knees in the fall. He is already training on-ice in his hometown and expects to be ready for Avalanche camp.

Team Canada will exit their 14-day quarantine today and continue their preparations for the World Junior Championship. Each Avalanche prospect in lockdown including Alex Newhook, Bowen Byram and Justin Barron detailed some of their experience while waiting out their time in isolation.

Despite another three teams (Idaho, Kalamazoo and Cincinnati) in the ECHL opting out of the 2020-21 season for a total of now 11 teams the Utah Grizzlies are powering ahead with their training camp and first game scheduled at Rapid City on this Friday, December 11th.