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Now Nathan MacKinnon is injured



Nathan MacKinnon

Nathan MacKinnon, the Avalanche’s best player, is now injured.

MacKinnon played the first two periods for the Avs against the Minnesota Wild tonight, but did not come out for the third period of a tie game. The Avs said, shortly after the period started, that the team’s leading scorer would not return for the rest of the game because of a lower-body injury.

MacKinnon adds to an ever-expanding Avs injury list, which already included Pavel Francouz, Erik Johnson, P.E. Bellemare, Devon Toews and Matt Calvert. Those six players constitute more than 25-percent of the Avs’ opening-night roster.

It is not yet clear how MacKinnon was hurt.

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The Avs already were playing short-handed tonight, not just because of injuries but because of a bizarre salary-cap compliance issue. The team could only dress 11 forwards, along with six defensemen. The team said it could not dress fourth-line forward Kiefer Sherwood because of a “cap compliance issue.” According to PuckPedia, the Avs only had $267,022 of cap space entering tonight. Playing Sherwood would have put them over the cap. Some of this is because the Avs have too many players on the injured list, and bringing guys of the taxi squad, like they had to do with defenseman Jacob MacDonald, put them in a cap crunch.

The Avs have been plagued by injury problems the past couple of years, and the trend just continues unabated. We’ll let you know what coach Jared Bednar has to say about the MacKinnon injury after the game. Stay tuned…


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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Jared Moss

Omg dater are going insane listing to this garbage white noise for a crowd!?!?!?!?! It makes me not wanna watch this game its constant!! A real game doesnt even have that much noise in it! ( or is this noise inserted into the broadcast) whatever it is who do we complain to! Take it offfffff

chippy play

It’s out of control

Scott MacDonald

Can confirm it is pumped through the building…I’m not a fan. It sounds very fake, and it’s extremely overdone.


I hope he was pulled as a precaution. He seemed to be skating alright on his last shift.

chippy play

Same as it ever was

Last edited 1 year ago by chippy play

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