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Avalanche Notebook: Great return for Nazem Kadri



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Hope everyone is heading for a nice, relaxing weekend. Weather is starting cool off – finally. Let’s do some Avalanche thoughts and observations, on the heels of last night’s 6-4 preseason win over the Minnesota Wild:

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  • No, Darcy Kuemper didn’t look great in his first game of any kind with the Avs. As always when it comes to preseason games – good thing it didn’t count. He faced 15 shots and allowed three goals. I’m not worried.
  • Justus Annunen, though, did look pretty good. He stopped 19-of-20 shots and got the victory.
  • Along with Erik Johnson, I thought the best player on the ice for the Avs was Nazem Kadri. In his first game since Game 2 of the first round against St. Louis, Nazem Kadri had a goal, two assists and won 6-of-8 faceoffs. Man, he would have made a big difference against Vegas. But what’s done is done.
  • Martin Kaut? A disappointing first preseason game. He played only a little more than nine minutes, was a minus-1 and had no shots on net. He’s only going to get so many chances to impress Jared Bednar, or else it’s back to Loveland.
  • J.T. Compher had a nice first preseason game, with two assists and a plus-3. Only 40 percent on his faceoffs, though. He has yet to crack the 50-percent mark in his career. Last season, he was 45.9 percent (216-for-471).
  • The Avs scored three times, on eight shots, against old friend Andrew Hammond to get the come-from-behind win.
  • While newcomer Mikhail Maltsev wasn’t too noticeable offensively, I thought his checking game was pretty good and he won 9-of-13 faceoffs (69 percent).
  • Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen have yet to play in the preseason. Haven’t heard of anything wrong with them.
  • Avs have allowed five power-play goals in the first two games. Not great.
  • Avs put goalie Hunter Miska on waivers yesterday.
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  • Avs took today off. They’ll return to practice in split sessions tomorrow, and their next game is Monday in Minnesota.
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Kadri was a stud last night. Though the malcontents will continue to scream at the sky about him…


I don’t think it has anything to do with malcontents screaming. No one has ever questioned Kadri’s skill and physical ability. Will he ever take responsibility for his actions and even more so, can he control his temper to not get suspended again? That will require a discipline that Kadri has never shown. And, he’s got to be even more careful now. He won’t get the benefit of the doubt. Not as a six time offender. Let’s see what happens. I’ll be rooting for him to succeed and control his temper. Kadri is at the end of his contract and… Read more »


A.D. – a writing pet peeve but instead of “J.T. Compher had a nice first preseason game, with two assists and a plus-3” – – why not “with two assists and a plus+3?” Or, conversely, “a minus-2.”


How was Wingerli?


Nice notes. I’d be more worried about the PK if it weren’t that Bednar is giving a lot of guys looks who likely won’t be anywhere near that unit in the season. Annunen was a pleasant surprise. If he could be the backup by next season on an ELC that would help immensely and mesh perfectly with Frankie’s contract expiration. If they could get four more years with Kuemper, Justus could back him up for a couple years years and then switch roles for the next two. Kadri looked great and Landy did also.They were both flying. Ranta looked like… Read more »

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