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Pavel Francouz hurt again in Avs loss to Vegas



Pavel Francouz pre-season injury 10/5

The Colorado Avalanche are holding their breath.

After missing the entirety of last season due to a hip injury, Avs No. 2 goaltender Pavel Francouz appeared to have tweaked his lower body again midway through Tuesday’s pre-season loss to the Vegas Golden Knights.

Francouz appeared to tweak his right knee or hip when he got his right leg caught in his net. Francouz looked to the rafters in obvious pain (see photo above), before falling to the ice. He tried to waive down a referee to stop play, with no success. Francouz was forced to slide over and make a save before freezing the puck and stopping play.

Francouz was able to get up under his own power and skate off the ice and into the locker room without any assistance.

“I don’t know the severity of the injury,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said after the game. “I can tell you it’s lower body.”

Bednar went on to say that this most recent injury is not related to the hip problems that kept him out last season.

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“You kind of hold your breath there for a little bit,” Avs forward Nazem Kadri said. “We don’t know the diagnosis but we’re hoping for the best; we’re hoping it’s not serious. We hope he just needs a few days rest.”

Francouz had not played in an NHL game since Aug. 30, 2020 before making his pre-season debut last week in Vegas. The Avs No. 2 goaltender underwent two surgeries in Vail to repair first one hip, then the other.

The team has a scheduled day off on Wednesday. A medical update on Francouz likely won’t come until after practice Thursday.


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Matt Briggle

I’m not playing doctor here, just hoping it’s just something got tweaked in a funny way he wasn’t used to and caught him by surprise. I just had both hips replaced last year, and let me tell you. After years of chronic pain and limited mobility it took a lot of adjustment when everything started moving in a natural motion again. There were more than a few calls to the surgeon’s office asking if this was normal or not.

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Right! Try living in Idaho where both the AVS and the Kraken games are blacked-out, was really hoping once the Kraken started up the NHL would release the black out for the Avs games.


I hope Francouz’s injury isn’t serious. It’ll be a tragedy if it is. It won’t be good if we have to put Kuemper through a worse situation than Grubauer had last year. JJ looked pretty awful in net, but the blueline was almost nonexistent in front of him.

I expect Jack Johnson and Dennis Gilbert will soon be cut as they were absolute dogsh** last night.

I heard Olausson got sent back to Barrie. That’s a drag, I seriously thought he may actually be AHL worthy plus maybe a couple of call ups during the regular season.


Ah, I see. I never knew that, thanks for the enlightenment.

Matt Briggle

Am I mistaken on that rule that it only applies to Canadian players? Mikko went to the AHL as an 18 year old so I figured European players were exempt from that rule. There may be another loophole like for instance OO was taken in the inport daft and maybe Mikko wasn’t. I’m not totally clear on that.

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