Some uncut audio here for your listening pleasure. Vladislav Namestnikov and Michael Hutchinson talk about joining the Avalanche, a day after being acquired at the NHL trade deadline.
I thought both guys sounded great for having traveled across the country the day before and thrown right into their first practice today. Namestnikov will skate on a third line with Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Martin Kaut for tomorrow night’s game with the Buffalo Sabres (6 p.m. start).
Namestnikov’s English, as you’ll hear, is really good for a guy who is Russian. Hutchinson seemed like a perfectly agreeable young man, with a “Just want to help the club any way I can” attitude.
Let’s get to the audio of each player talking after practice today: