While Avs PR is still preferring to maintain a low-key demeanor right now, with nothing yet official on the next NHL regular season, that isn’t stopping Avs players from migrating back to Denver for the expected start of training camp Jan. 3. I’ve been told that at least a dozen regulars are back in town and skating regularly (media are not allowed in to watch them skate right now) and that number is expected to grow starting next weekend, after the Christmas holiday.
Nathan MacKinnon is not among those in town yet. He will spend Christmas in Nova Scotia, then is expected to come to Denver a couple days after that.
Some links on a Sunday:
- 10 rookies to watch in 2020/21 (Hockey News)
- 29 NHL teams are ready to go. Two teams are still looking for homes as the San Jose Sharks cannot play at home, and reports from Canada are the British Columbia health minister will not allow teams to travel to B.C. to play the Vancouver Canucks. Despite strict safety protocols (NHL players will essentially be prisoners on the road), B.C. is the last holdup for the all-Canadian division (The Score)
- It appears Santa Clara county officials have chased the San Jose Sharks from San Jose The team will hold training camp and begin the season in Arizona (AP News)
- The start of training camp is just a couple of weeks away, but several high profile RFAs remain unsigned. The New York Islanders are still trying to find a way to sign Mathew Barzal (NYI Hockey Now)
- As I was writing this column, this popped up from old friend John Shannon: https://twitter.com/JShannonhl/status/1340755209371471873 (If you can’t read this, it says that the NHL Board of Governors approved a 56-game season to start Jan. 13.
- Avs prospect Bo Byram, as you might have heard, will be an alternate captain with Team Canada for the World Juniors. Kirby Dach is the captain.