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Erik Johnson back on the ice for Avalanche – is a playoff return possible?

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Well, shocker today at Ball Arena: Erik Johnson was on the ice, on skates, in Avs practice gear. Here, see for yourself:

EJ has been out since Jan. 30, after taking a hit into the boards in Minnesota from Jordan Greenway. It’s been assumed that he has had concussion symptoms.

The question: could EJ actually come back in the playoffs? Jared Bednar today said it’s “doubtful”, but that means there could be a chance. Obviously, the Avs will need to advance beyond this round before that’s even a possibility.

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Either way, it’s great to see Erik Johnson on skates again.

Speaking of being back on skates with the rest of the team today: Logan O’Connor. As we reported a couple days ago, Bednar said LOC could return soon, that he’s ahead of his rehab schedule.

Bednar would not tip his hand as to whether it’ll be Sampo Ranta or Alex Newhook in the lineup tonight. My money is on Ranta, but we’ll see.

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Joshua Canfield

It’s great to see EJ back on the ice. I know there’s still a lot of playoff hockey left, yet if the Avs to win it all, I’d love see Johnson play just one game to get his name on the cup. For all the blood and hard work he’s given the team, he deserves it. I’m truly interested in how Ranta would play. I’ve been following the Avs prospects closing the last few years and he seems like a really viable option. The coaching staff probably would consider playing him if he wasn’t. I’m really excited about tonight’s game.… Read more »

Brian Levesque

Weather he plays in the playoffs or not if the Avs win the cup his name will be on it

Joshua Canfield

Oh, yeah, AD, any chance we’ll hear about the Kadri appeal today? Does the commish have a time line he has to follow or is it at his discretion?

John Mauss

Glad to hear about Logan O. The Avs will almost certainly need his depth before this series is complete, regardless of how Ranta plays.

Rich

Dater – how has Ranta looked in practice on the 4th line

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