LOS ANGELES – Well, Martin Kaut is back.
The Czech rookie, who scored two goals for the Avs in his stint with the big club before being sent back to the Colorado Eagles, has been recalled by the team and will be in Los Angeles for tonight’s game with the Kings. Whether he actually plays or not remains in question.
Here’s why: According to a team source, the Avs have some players who are “banged up” – and we’re not talking about the injured guys back home, still rehabbing – and so Kaut may be needed to fill in for one of them.
Keep in mind: Kaut can still play one more game before his entry-level contract kicks in. He almost certainly will play no more than that one game, so his ELC can “slide” one year, but, hey, you never know. The team has no morning skate today, so it’s hard to know who’s “banged up” at the moment, but if I had to guess, it might be someone like a Pierre-Eduoard Bellemare, whose face took the worst of a fight the other night against Anaheim, or maybe a Vladislav Kamenev. Tyson Jost might be a bit banged up, too.
There is no word yet on who will be in goal for the Avs against the Kings.
Some links around the league, as I await my flight boarding time:
- Gary Bettman on the coronavirus and how it pertains to the league and the media (NHL.com)
- The Philadelphia Flyers are suddenly tied for the lead in the Metro Division, and everyone in Philly is excited about it (Philadelphia Inquirer)
- Which players will hit the 100-point mark this season? Yes, one will be from the Avs (Hockey News)
- Can the Panthers upset the Blues tonight, and give the Avs a chance at taking over the top spot in the West? (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)