While Nathan MacKinnon signing his massive eight-year extension was the news of the day for the Colorado Avalanche, there was a little additional nugget of information on the team’s yet-to-be-released training camp roster from Peter Baugh.
The #Avs are signing Alex Galchenyuk to a PTO, per a source. He had 21 points in 60 games with Arizona last season.— Peter Baugh (@Peter_Baugh) September 20, 2022
Alex Galchenyuk, who was the third overall pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, is looking to extend his career after ten years and 643 games played in the NHL by signing a professional try-out agreement with the Avalanche despite only being 28 years old. His last stop was the Arizona Coyotes last season where he still put up 21 points in 60 games.
A fun little nitpick with this signing is that the Avs now have had the top three picks from the 2012 NHL Draft in their team at one point or another. The three lucky participants are Galchenyuk, Nail Yakupov, and Ryan Murray.
The Avalanche have signed Alex Galchenyuk to a PTO pic.twitter.com/2ABOE5p0uv— JFresh (@JFreshHockey) September 20, 2022
Never known for his defensive abilities, Galchenyuk might have an uphill battle to turn that PTO into a signed contract but as always injuries will dictate need. While there are no announced absences yet, it was a short summer of recovery after winning the Stanley Cup. Also, veteran depth can make a camp more competitive on a roster short of prospects to bring in. How this all shakes out will kick off on-ice Thursday, September 22.
#Avs schedule update: The team announced three days of training camp (Thursday-Saturday) practices this week leading up to the preseason opener Sunday.— Kyle Fredrickson (@kylefredrickson) September 19, 2022
Training camp, held at the team's practice facility in Centennial, is open to the public. pic.twitter.com/f95T2eWmUZ