Now that November is upon us it is time to get into the swing of the regular season. However the NHL scheduler has other plans and gave the Colorado Avalanche a really light first three weeks of the month — partly due to another aborted attempt at a pair of games against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Helsinki, Finland. Maybe next year! Also, nothing cuter than puppies and Sam Girard (just leave the parking lot next time).
Just to close the book on Halloween, Tyson Jost and JT Compher provided some fun reactions as they recently experienced a haunted house together. Jost in particular gives some good footage as he navigates through the house.
Bowen Byram has enjoyed a strong start to the season earning him a spot in the lineup in a pairing alongside Cale Makar but Byram has more than held his own. He’s tied for second among rookies with five even strength points on the season and for sixth on the Avalanche in scoring. Byram’s analytics are strong as well leading the team with a 58.8 CF%, leading the defense with 61.8% expected goals and has been on the ice for 90 scoring chances for, which is third among all NHL defensemen. Byram has also offered up a couple different interviews including one locally where he discussed the team’s mindset.
In prospect news Sasha Mutala’s AHL contract was terminated over the weekend and he has since returned to his old WHL team the Tri-City Americans to finish out his junior eligibility as an overager. Best of luck, Sasha!
Elsewhere in the NHL the New York Rangers sighed Adam Fox to a seven-year extension worth $9.5M per year. The deal follows Cale Makar’s six-year contract signed earlier this year and is comparable for both talented blue liners.