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MacKinnon x-rays negative, Manson wants to stay, Francouz in, Avs lineup for Sharks



Some notes and quotes from Avs morning skate, starting with Jared Bednar on Nathan MacKinnon, who will play tonight:

  • Bednar said x-rays on Nathan MacKinnon, presumably on his right hand, proved negative. His relief level when he found out: “Significant.” Bednar added, “He’s playing. He’s good to go.”
  • Bednar said he hasn’t and will not have any conversation with MacKinnon about fighting, as in “Don’t do it.”
  • “No,” Bednar said. “The game has to be played with passion and it has to be played with physicality. Would I like him to make a different decision in the moment? Yeah, sure. I wish he wouldn’t have fought. If you don’t play with passion and physicality, in my opinion, you’re going to come up with more injuries than you do if you (don’t) play it that way. Hockey is a physical sport. It’d be a lot like telling a linebacker in football, ‘hey, you know, we’re almost in the playoffs, so make sure you don’t hit anybody hard. You might hurt your shoulder.’ It’s not going to happen.”
  • Bednar on whether there is any timetable yet on Bo Byram: “No.”
  • Bednar said Sam Girard is still on his original four-week timeline to return. Girard has skated three straight days now.
  • Pavel Francouz will start tonight against the Sharks.
  • Nicolas Aube-Kubel will be a healthy scratch.
  • Bednar said MacKinnon had x-rays in Calgary, but was sent home early for “further evaluation.” He said “it’s time-sensitive now, right? If there’s something wrong, we need to know right away. The playoffs are a month away…We do the same thing at home. You guys just don’t know about it.

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  • Josh Manson said “I would love to stay”, based on his tenure with the Avs so far. He’s UFA this summer, don’t forget

(Ryan Boulding contributed to this report)

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It would be nice to have Manson sign with us this summer, but I wonder what it would cost? He’s at $4.1m AAV cap hit right now and if we have the kind of success we expect in the postseason he will be wanting a raise…

I would rather the team focus on getting Kuemper and Nichushkin signed and then move on to Lehkonen’s extension (RFA this summer). We would know better about what the team could afford to offer Manson at that point.

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That makes sense. Kadri is gone, and although I like the flashes from Burakovsky, I’d rather use his money to help sign Nichushkin and Kuemper, along with Manson and Lehknonen. A lot depends on what MacKinnon signs for, and when. If he gives the home town discount he has promised before, Sakic knows what he’s dealing with. I’d love it if Nate decided that $9.5m aav to be the highest paid Av suffices, with maybe some $12m years up front and some lower backend years. That would give us the big four long-term for less than $35m, compared to Toronto… Read more »


I feel like somebody will give Burakovsky 4 years @ $24-25m, and it won’t be the Avs.

Bob Neal

A good suggested direction forward, except you didn’t say don’t rush Girard back too early..


Unload Girard and problem solved.

Luke Waggoner

Dude, what’s your problem with Sammy? Seems like every time he’s brought up you’re badmouthing him.


Dude – he can’t play defense. He’s undersized and at $5M/year for five years (2026-2027) he’s a drag on the Avs salary cap. You tell me when he’s healthy that they are going to play Girard and sit Jack Johnson, Eric Johnson or MacDermid? And this will be a better team in the playoffs? Not a chance.

Aaron Rud

110%, Rico.

Jared Moss

Yeah but it’s the depth buddy cause we all know someone or two getting injured through that long playoff run to have that extra being a capable person will be a savior


I agree. But you and I both know Joe won’t do it.


I think he’s warming to the idea. At least Joe’s gotten the message about getting bigger and tougher for the playoffs. Unlike the past few years – Sakic’s work at the trade deadline has been excellent. Super acquisitions.

peter martin

I’ve been on CapFriendly and the Avs can absolutely re-sign Manson to a fair market deal and it won’t disrupt the long term plan. MacK, Newie, and Bo can all get raises. Kuemper, Nuke, and Lekky are re-signed too. I gave Manson $5.25M x 5yrs.


Who walks in free agency in that scenario?


Dater – in your opinion does it appear Bednar is growing more annoyed with the Byram situation?

Jared Moss

How do you be annoyed with someone with a concussion issue…. if you do your an asshole, he’s probably more annoyed with these media donkeys that keep asking about him when he’s on PERSONAL LEAVE guess what?! when there is something to he said bednar will say it…. ( sorry dater donkey comment not personal to you lol )


Notice how good the defense is without Girard. Please please please trade him. Defence wins Stanley Cups

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