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Nathan MacKinnon is back



Adrian Dater

Here’s some fresh video I just took, of Nathan MacKinnon flying around the Ball Arena ice at Avs practice. Notice the blue sweater, a refreshing color change from the blood orange togs of yesterday.

That means Nathan MacKinnon is cleared for contact and a full participant with the Avs again. We’ll hopefully hear from Nate after practice, or perhaps the coach, on his status. But if I were a betting man, I’d put money on MacKinnon being in the Avs lineup tomorrow night against the Arizona Coyotes.

The Coyotes, by the way, are bracing for some potentially bad news with regard to their No. 1 goalie:

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I hope to get a clearer picture on the status of Cale Makar today, too. He’s not out there right now, by the way. Let’s hope he didn’t have some kind of setback with his upper-body injury. It looks like this might be an optional practice, and a lot of guys took the option not to be out there.

A lot of the guys out there are some of the lesser-used players, such as Jayson Megna and Dan Renouf, etc. Dennis Gilbert is out there too, albeit in a non-contact jersey with a full facial shield.

No Bo Byram out there either. Jared Bednar seemed optimistic the other day when talking about him, but he has not practiced with the team in a while. On and on, the injury bug goes.

I guess we just to take today’s blessing regarding Nathan MacKinnon and be content with it. We may not hear from Bednar after practice, as he also is not out there – just the skills coach, Shawn Allard. If that’s the case, we’ll have to wait until tomorrow morning to hear from him.

UPDATE: Bednar did talk on Zoom, and here’s some stuff: Bednar said there hasn’t necessarily been a setback with Cale Makar. “He could come back tomorrow, or two months from now. Nobody knows.” … I’ve heard from other sources that Makar should be back soon. There appears to be a disconnect with the injury info. on Makar somewhere, lol. Let’s just hope for the best (I think I need to trademark this saying). … Bednar said MacKinnon will play tomorrow.

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Dater – great coverage! By chance have you heard any whispers about Sakic & Co. activity shopping around for a back up goalie now that he has some open cap space to work it?

Jared Moss

Eric stall is an interesting hopefully cheap choice for our 3c position, he had good years in minny and I feel could be good on our team, again tho has to be cheap… actually at this point I didnt look up his cap hit so I dunno if it could work, but I feel would be great veteran who could put up more points than JT lol maybe buffalo wants him back…. (ROR trade)


Staal has one more goal than JT, he’s 10.5 years older, much slower, and would only save $250k on the cap. He’s a good leader, but do you really want to give up on Compher already? Yes, Staal had four good years in a Minnesota for an older player, but getting him at 32 is very different from getting him at 36. I’d only be interested in him if Buffalo retained some salary and the Avs had a solid backup goalie in place already and looked like a Cup contender. Right now they look like a team that will squeak… Read more »

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