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Matt Calvert underwent more evaluation today, and the news wasn’t great. The veteran depth forward will be lost “week to week”, coach Jared Bednar said.

Just more tough injury news for the likable Calvert. Bednar said on Thursday that Matt Calvert would get the night off because of some “nagging injuries”, but seemed to suggest they weren’t all that serious. Well, they were I guess. Let’s hope it’s not concussion-related. We’ve kind of counted him out before, only to see him come back. Let’s hope that happens again.

Bednar said defenseman Jacob MacDonald is questionable for tomorrow’s matinee game against Vegas at Ball Arena. He took a stick to the face at one point I remember last night, but also took a hard hit into the boards by Vegas behemoth forward Ryan Reaves. We’ll have to wait until game time tomorrow for lineup info. probably.

  • I asked Philipp Grubauer about his contract situation today. I openly advocated for the Avs to sign him to an extension now rather than wait until after the season and potentially lose him as a UFA. Grubauer responded that there hasn’t been much talk toward a new deal this season, partially because of the hectic pace of the season. He indicated that he’d be receptive to an extension offer before this season is through, but that “my main focus is just stopping the next puck” and that “things will take care of itself.”
  • Grubauer said he isn’t feeling tired/worn out from a pretty busy workload, partially because of the lesser travel in this condensed, division-only, baseball-style-series schedule. “I actually love the schedule”, he said, because it has a “good rhythm.”
  • Lots of praise from Bednar today for Valeri Nichushkin’s play, and rightly so. Bednar said Nichushkin’s “length” is a huge asset, and that he has a “great stick.” He has been really good defensively of late and is hard on the forecheck. He’s been getting more scoring chances too. The guy is looking like a bargain again, even at $2.5 million.
  • Hey, did you know this about a connection between Cale Makar and Logan O’Connor?

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  • Avs are a -170 favorite to win outright tomorrow, at SuperBook Colorado – the BEST sportsbook out there.
  • I would bet that Jonas Johansson will get the start Monday, in a makeup game, against Anaheim at Ball Arena.
  • Interesting news nugget here: Carolina says it might trade one of their goalies by the April 12 deadline. They want some defensive help, preferably a right shot D. Keep an eye on this. (
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Tyler Rowse

I’m guessing the right-handed D-man the Avs could offer Carolina is either Timmins/Pateryn (+ draft pick)?


Can’t help Carolina…. Don’t we only have two right shot D men and one is on long term IR?

The PG

Timmins and Barron are both RHD, with high upside, so I doubt the Avs would want to let them go.
Many goalie trades also require a goalie in return, so you would likely have to consider which 3rd stringer would have enough value for Carolina in addition to the RHD.

Jared Moss

And for the 10th time thank goodness calvert contract is up at the end of the year…. I only wish Johnson’s was too now that would be perfect.
I’m a huge big Val fan, when hes on his game he is a huge help. I also love how bednar uses him in OT the big val train coming through!
Let’s go Avs


Article about what AD refers to (would have been nice to add one of these Gs if Frankie isn’t sure to make it back in time, but as above points out, doesn’t appear we have what they want in return) :

[…] Matt Calvert underwent more evaluation today, and the news wasn’t great. The veteran depth forward will be lost “week to week”, coach Jared Bednar said. (Colorado Hockey Now) […]

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