So where and how does Bo Byram fit in?
If you have not yet read Adrian Dater’s articles and comments from Ontario about Byram’s Friday and Saturday games with the AHL Colorado Eagles, go here and here.
I am waiting. Let me know when you’re back.
(Finally Jeopardy theme.)
After Avalanche’s optional training session on Sunday, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar discussed Byram and the major injuries on his way into Tuesday’s game in Pittsburgh and beyond, as Colorado looks forward to the playoffs opening in a month.
First, Bednar clarified Byrom’s status and said the loan to the Eagles could last a maximum of three AHL matches or six days – meant he could play again next Friday against the Bakersfield Condors in Loveland. In other words, the “three games” have priority.
“Joe (Sakic) and Bo have to talk, and we’ll make a decision here over the next day or two,” Bednar said. He added that there are “two options. Remember him right now, he’s joining us again right now; or he can be with the Eagles all week and play one more game.”
What kind of report has he received about Byram’s play in the two games against Ontario Reign?
“I did not watch yesterday’s match at all,” Bednar said. “It sounds like he did well. His game was OK. So we’ll see. It will be Bo and Joe’s decision about what they want to do, what Bo feels most comfortable with, and Joe will talk to him, and then we will make a decision within the next few days. ”
In defense, Avalanche is still also without the injured Samuel Girard, who has been on the ice in a red contactless jersey, and Ryan Murray. In line with the absence, Kurtis MacDermid has been among the six Ds in a row, but it seems like a sure bet that if Girard, Murray or Byram – one or more – are available, McDermid would be a 12th forward in the off-season if he dress. It will depend on the opponent and the situation.
“Girard is getting better, but Murray is going to miss some time,” Bednar said. “His goal date is the playoffs, in a way the same as [Gabe Landeskog]. Hopefully earlier. But we still have a lot of hockey to play before they are ready. ”
The ABC Saturday broadcast of Avs’ victory over Pittsburgh left the impression that Landeskog was hardly ready for the playoffs.
“I want to see him come back,” Bednar said. “That’s his timeline.”
Bednar said the avalanche had not received further words about Nazem Kadri, who sustained a torso injury Thursday against San Jose and missed the Penguins match.
“Kadri is just going to miss time until he feels good enough to play,” Bednar said. “I do not know how long it will last. We do not have a specific date for it. It is not like we say, ‘One week, 10 days.’ We do not know.”
Bednar noted that his crew situation has been up and down – in line with the NHL norm.
“When Landy left, things changed,” he said. “Since then we’ve added new players. It gives us time to evaluate those guys, see what they will be able to do for us, so we have a good idea of what our lines will be, see how they handle some of the tougher matchups and can still produce offensive against top players.So we get a pretty good sense of it now as we look forward to adding them [injured] guys back and have a full list. We’re slowly starting to seep guys back. It will be Byram, Girard, Kadri and then we will hopefully get Landy back sooner rather than later. ”
REMARKS: Six cordial skaters plus goalkeeper Pavel Francouz were on the ice for Sunday’s optional training session. Avalanche will not practice Monday until they board their flight to Pittsburgh. . . Nathan MacKinnon was not among the players made available to the media on Sunday – Nicolas Aube-Kubel and Mikko Rantanen were – so MacKinnon has still not taken questions or commented on local media since his fight with Minnesota’s Matt Dumba and his absence. in one match, probably with an injured hand. MacKinnon had challenged Dumba after the wild defender’s hit on Rantanen. . . “I think he had done it before… It’s a bit my fault,” Rantanen said with a smile.
Terry Frei (firstname.lastname@example.org, @tfrei) is a Denver-based author and journalist. He has been named State Sports Writer of the Year seven times in peer polls – four times in Colorado and three times in Oregon. His seven books include the novels “Olympic Affair” and “The Witch’s Season.” Among his five non-fiction works are “Horns, Hogs, and Nixon Coming”, “Third Down and a War to Go”, “March 1939: Before the Madness” and “’77: Denver, the Broncos, and a Coming” of age “He also collaborated with Adrian Dater on “Save by Roy,” was longtime vice president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and has covered hockey Rockies, Avalanche and the NHL in general. His website is www.terryfrei.com and his bio is available at www.terryfrei.com/bio.html
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