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Despite his team scoring six goals last night and despite his team having a 2-1-0 record, Jared Bednar hasn’t seemed all that happy with his team – some of the forwards in particular. Lines 2-4 have shown some spotty play, especially with turnovers and soft plays, and that’s a Cardinal Sin with Bednar.

Today, the Avalanche sent youngster Ben Meyers to the Colorado Eagles and recalled Martin Kaut. Forward Lukas Sedlak also was put on waivers. If he clears, he could be assigned to the Eagles as well.

In case any Avalanche fans were still under the illusion to the contrary, Jared Bednar is a very tough coach. He just does not tolerate anything less than 100 percent effort, especially with play away from the puck. If he thinks a player isn’t checking hard enough, either on the forecheck or in the other two zones, they’re going to hear about it. Or, not be in his lineup for a while. I’m not saying Meyers and Sedlak were/are his two whipping boys in this department. There might be more – and we might see some other lineup machinations for Wednesday’s game with Winnipeg at Ball Arena.

If any player in the organization knew this already, it’s Martin Kaut. He hasn’t been able to stick with the Avalanche for any serious length of time, but now he’s got another chance. Kaut scored two goals and assisted on another in the Colorado Eagles’ first two games. We’ll see what line he plays on Wednesday – assuming he’s in the lineup.

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Meyers scored a goal in last night’s game, but it still wasn’t good enough to warrant sticking around. He only played six minutes, six seconds in the game, with two Corsi events for, six against. Sedlak had similar numbers, minus the goal. Bad Corsi numbers are something that will get you in trouble with Bednar, especially when you’re an unproven player.

Is Bednar overreacting a little based on worry of a “Cup hangover?” In this kind of personnel issue, not for me to judge. He’s the better judge that me on this. He’s certainly sending a message to his young prospects, though, that anything less than full-out effort won’t be tolerated. It’s Kaut’s turn to see this, firsthand, again.

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hockeyhead

Hope Kaut makes the most of it and sticks. For his and the teams sake.

ricoflashback

Absolutely. It would be nice for Kaut to score a goal or provide an assist and just play without all the pressure. I know that’s not possible but I’d like to see Kaut just concentrate on hockey and play a solid, two way game.

Glendon Gulliver

Kaut and Blidh have both been recalled. Neither is a center to replace Sedlak. Who will be centering the 3rd and 4th lines? Is Rodrigues moving down and if so, to which line? Bednar said there would be a shakeup. Is Kaut going to play on the 2nd line? Is MacDonald going to play instead of MacDermid? Will the Avs also recall a center, Maltsev or Bowers? It will be interesting to see what the lines are tonight.

Bob Neal

You asked the question but chose not to answer but I will. Yes, Bednar is attempting to send a message and I do think he is concerned about “Cup fever”. I think it is an over reaction at this point, with last years 10 game start being my case in point in which Bednar never reacted to. I like Meyers and Sedlak and think they will be good NHL players. Pulling this trigger after 3 games is not conducive to grooming young talent. I can’t imagine what is going through Kaut’s mind at this point.

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