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Avalanche Notebook: In A Surprise, Anton Blidh Put On Waivers, Maltsev too

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Some more roster trimming was done by the Avalanche today, with two more players put on waivers. One of them, Anton Blidh, is something of a surprise, given how Jared Bednar has praised him so far in the preseason.

Mikhail Maltsev, who was described as “having too quiet of a game,” by coach Bednar will more than likely be sent to the Colorado Eagles if he clears waivers.

Coach Bednar did mention that “there are a lot of guys that can play hockey, but you have to make an impact. We are trying to win games.”

Blidh, was having a very good camp so far. I talked to Blidh before he found out about being waived and asked him how he felt when coach Bednar described his game as “loud;”

“Its good when you catch the coach’s eye obviously. I know my role, it’s not to be fancy out there, it’s to go to work and play hard for the boys and do what is best for the team,” Blidh said.

Bednar said the moves also also had something to do with “flexibility”, either with the salary cap or roster or both. It’s possible Blidh will still be with the Avalanche if he clears waivers.

As for other news of the day, three players were reassigned to the Eagles after clearing waivers earlier today. Forwards Shane Bowers, Jayson Megna, and Martin Kaut all cleared and will report to the Eagles to begin the year. Bowers, was is in a good position to make an impact with the Eagles and get a recall,” according to coach Bednar yesterday. He also had a really good camp as well.

Nathan MacKinnon returned to the ice today. He left the ice early due to some issues from the last game. But the good news is, he was back for the full practice and even did power play work. He did not do his usual one-timers after practice.

Lines for today

Superstreak Bonus!

MacKinnon-Lehkonen- Rantanen

Nichushkin-Newhook- Rodrigues

Compher(wearing no contact) Sedlak- Blidh

Cogliano -Meyers- LOC

Byram- EJ- MacDermid- Girard- Manson- Toews- Makar

Georgiev

Francouz

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Brennan is an aspiring sports writer just getting started in the industry. He is also an intern writer for Full Press Coverage. Brennan has lived in Colorado his whole life and is a graduate in History at Colorado State University. He loves rock and metal music, especially the band Papa Roach.

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Art Schwadron

Are they one forward short now? I’m guessing they’re going to play MacDermid as a forward

Aaron Rud

What a waste of a spot.

Matt Briggle

My first guess when I saw the headline was that it was mostly for the flexibility since once they clear they can be moved without waivers for 30 days as I understand it. That should give them all the options available heading into the East Coast trip before Finland.

me8lomaniak

Are they keeping MacDonald? Are they manipulating LTIR if Helm and/or MacDonald may miss min. 10 games. I guess we shall see tomorrow for opening night roster submission.

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