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Avs send Megna, MacDonald back to Eagles; J.T. Compher set to return



Some roster news here: Avs send Jayson Megna and Jacob MacDonald back to the Colorado Eagles, which paves the way for J.T. Compher to return to the lineup tomorrow night against the Detroit Red Wings at Ball Arena.

Megna had to pass through waivers before being sent down, and he did. I thought Megs did a pretty decent job in what turned out to be a long stint for him with the big club. His 20 games played this year is his most in the NHL since 2016-17, when he played 58 for Vancouver.

MacDonald played in last night’s game in New York, playing a little more than 12 minutes and doing some things to help in the win, such as being credited with three hits.

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It’ll be interesting to see where Compher slots back in as a player. If Nazem Kadri can’t play tomorrow (haven’t heard anything new today on his status), then it’ll be an easier decision for Jared Bednar. I can see him being the second-line center, in Kadri’s spot. With the way Alex Newhook is playing right now at third-line center, I don’t think I’d want to disrupt the chemistry he’s having with his linemates.

As of now, too, Pavel Francouz is still with the Eagles, who play tomorrow and Saturday at home. It’s starting to sound like the plan is to play him in at least one of the games to give him more of a tune-up before coming back up to the Avs. We’ll see.

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I thought MacDonald looked slow a foot last night and he wasn’t in “LOC” mode, which is “balls to the walls” every time he steps on the ice. It was a lackluster effort by MacDonald, IMHO, and you can’t have that when you’re fighting for ice time. Megna was serviceable and that’s about it. No one claimed him off waivers and I can understand why. JT adds some depth and experience and while I’ve called him “Almost” in the past, he still is better than Megna or MacDonald in the Avs lineup. Problem is, JT shoots like I bowl. Not… Read more »

Nathan Edwards

Hey there Adrian,
I have been a Kadri fan since day, when lots bashed him. Is there any chance he can be resigned, or do you even know if he will consider the Avs as his home for 3 or so more years? More then likely they lose Burakovsky

Yan Girard

I wonder if Avs should redeem EJ at the end of the season. Considering his performance since the start of the season and his age, 6M it’s expensive. The Avs could be lose Nichushkin, Kadri or Burakovsky to keep EJ? I believe that there is a chance that EJ accepted to get up no movement clause at expansion draft to the condition that Avs accept EJ finishes his contract with the Avs if he isn’t drafted by Seattle. The big defensemen slow down faster than the small defensemen usually. This isn’t that I wish a buyout in the case of… Read more »

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Yan Girard

Congratulations to Marc-André Fleury for his 500th WINS in NHL career against Montreal Canadiens with shutout tonight. He becomes only the third goalie of the NHL history to achieve the plateau of 500 wins. GREAT goalie MAF!

Martin Brodeur 691 wins
Patrick Roy 551 wins
Roberto Luongo 489 wins
Ed Belfour 484 wins

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Jordan Leonard

How is Frankie still with Eagles, they haven’t activated him from IR from anything I can see, and his 6 day conditioning stint is over, so wouldn’t they still have to send him through waivers to go down since he technically isn’t actually down with the Eagles. According to NHL rules that I have found, a player on LTIR can have a conditioning stint with the AHL affiliate, 6 days or 3 games, whichever comes first, but it is just a loan and the player is still considered to be at the NHL level, and would have to be activated… Read more »

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