Avalanche Morning Skate Notebook: Galchenyuk Cut
Alex Galchenyuk appears to be cut by the Colorado Avalanche from his PTO as of this morning. While on his PTO, he only participated in training camp and the first preseason game against Minnesota on Sunday. Some were saying that Galchenyuk may have been offered the PTO just as role to fill in as a body for the two games on Sunday. Galchenyuk was missing from practice yesterday and Jacob MacDonald skated as a forward in his place with the veteran group. On top of this MacDonald has moved to Galchenyuk’s locker in the main locker room at the practice facility.
MacDonald, who signed a new contract over the summer said “I want to help the team anyway that I can.” When talking about the team here he also mentioned that he and his wife “love the organization and the winning culture they have here. It’s a great place to raise a family.”
There has been no official statement from the Avalanche on the release of Galchenyuk. However, with him not being at practice two days in a row the signs are very clear cut.
With back to back games on Tuesday and Wednesday the Colorado Avalanche had a very optional morning skate today. There were only about fourteen skaters on the ice this morning, most of which did not play last night. The players that did happen to play in the game last and skate this morning only stayed on the ice for about ten to fifteen minutes. It was really only long enough for me jot down what color sweater they were wearing and then they cleared the sheet of ice.
Georgiev LOC Middleton Smallman Beaucage Hunt Foudy Johansson Megna MacDonald Hamilton Jacobs Vande Sompel Sedlak#GoAvsGo #Avs pic.twitter.com/UGewQnGwqp
— Brennan Vogt (@AvsTerritory) September 28, 2022
It is very likely that we will get another look at Alexandar Geogiev or maybe even see Jonas Johansson in the crease. They were the only goalies out with the optional group.
With the few that were out, this is how the lines shaped up based on sweater color:
Blue: Beaucage Megna Foudy O’Connor
White: Sedlak Smallman
Black (defense): MacDonald Hunt
Middleton Vande Somple
Our colleague at Vegas Hockey Now was able to capture the Vegas lines for tonight as well:
Group B Lines (likely tonight's preseason lines)
Cotter- Stephenson- Kolesar
Howden- Karlsson- Amadio
Leschyshyn- Brabanec- Rondbjerg
Quinney- Morozov- Brisson
— Owen Krepps (@OKrepps85) September 28, 2022
NHL Network is slated to broadcast the game via the Vegas broadcast. Altitude will handle the radio for the Avalanche side of things as well. Puck drop is scheduled for 8PM Mountain Time in Vegas at T-Mobile Arena.