Well, the news certainly could have been worse. The Avalanche announced just now that Calder Trophy favorite Cale Makar is “day-to-day” an upper-body injury.
It would seem that the worst fears – maybe a dislocated shoulder, maybe a concussion or both – happily did not become reality.
Just a word of warning, which most older Avs watchers already know: Plenty of players have been listed as day-to-day before, only for it to turn into week-to-week. But in the case of Makar, I think the Avs would have made darn sure of what was/is wrong with him by now and not tried to flim-flam the media on the prognosis.
If this were playoff time and they’d said he was day-to-day, we wouldn’t have known much of anything. This early in a season, if Makar were really seriously hurt, they would have come clean on just how long they’d expect him to be out.
So, this qualifies as good news I would say. Then again, I’m always a bit on the cynical side when it comes to injury disclosure.
Bottom line though: I think you can exhale a bit about Cale.
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Avs also said Nazem Kadri is day-to-day, and won’t play against Calgary tonight. Bednar said Pavel Francouz will start in net and Grubauer will be the backup.