Veteran forward Andrew Cogliano, wearing a white jersey, went through the Avalanche’s Friday morning practice at Ball Arena after missing Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final with a broken finger.
After practice, Avalanche coach Jared Bednar indicated Cogliano has made progress, but was noncommittal about the possibility of him being available for Saturday night’s Game 2 against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“He felt good enough to join the group today,” Bednar said. “We’ll see what it brings tomorrow.”
Cogliano was injured in the Game 4 win on June 7 over the Oilers in the Western Conference final.
Bednar also was guarded about center Nazem Kadri, out since suffering a broken thumb in Game 3 of the sweep of the Oilers.
“Naz skated again today,” Bednar said. “He added a stick to it for the last couple of days. (He’s) getting better. But I don’t have an update on him besides that.”
As Renaud Lavoie of RDS in Canada noted, Kadri did not attempt any shots on net with the stick. That’s a big sign that he’s unlikely to play in Game 2. Bednar is maintaining a “day-to-day” stance on Kadri, however.
In this business, you never know what the next day might bring.
Who might Cogliano replace in the lineup if he plays? Good question. It would be tough to justify benching anyone right now. So, he may not play, even if he’s deemed healthy enough to do so.
As the theme of this short story concludes:
We’ll see what the next day brings.