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Avalanche Recall Kaut and Maltsev

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Mikhail Maltsev

The Colorado Avalanche have the Loveland-Denver revolving door spinning right now. Late last night, the Avalanche recalled forwards Martin Kaut and Mikhail Maltsev. I really did not think that Kaut was going to be back with the Avalanche, so this comes as a little bit of a surprise to me. Let’s take a look at why the Avalanche may have done this:

There is something that the coaching staff is seeing in Kaut that I guess I am not seeing. I wrote yesterday that I thought Kaut was giving up the puck too much and failing to skate to backcheck. His ice time had been dramatically cut from his first game to his second and third game. He started on the second line in the game against Seattle and ended up benched by the third period. I get it, they are trying to give him him a final shot, but at what cost to the team? The move down to the Colorado Eagles was obviously for cap purposes….this time.

Mikhail Maltsev played a total of eighteen games for the Avalanche last season. He did not have any points and finished a minus-5. With the Colorado Eagles this season, he has four points (all assists) in four games. He is a fast-skating centerman that likes to rush the crease and he can get fancy on his shots. Maltsev had two between-the-legs goals last season and I saw him practicing them at training camp. He has been looking impressive these few games for the Eagles. Maltsev has been centering the Eagles’ second line with Charles Hudon and Jean-Luc Foudy on his wings. Jayson Megna was the latest center to be called up and it was suspected that he was going to be called back up, but it seems as though the coaching staff did not see enough from him.

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It will be interesting to see if Kaut will have some extra bounce in his step after getting the call again. I hope he has a little more push in his backcheck this time around. Every time I have watched Maltsev, he has impressed with his work ethich and never gives up on the puck. We can probably expect another round of transactions right after the New York Islanders game to save a bit of money right before Finland.

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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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Rich

Curious to know with the Kaut experience fading when the Avs plan to give Shane Bowers his opportunity to show what he can do at the NHL level?

Jordan

The thing with Kaut is that while he isn’t scoring, he is doing very well on the forecheck and back check, constantly harrassing opposing skaters on both sides of the ice. And he has had some scoring chances as well. He also had a better training camp and preseason than anyone we would call up other than Meyers, who was sent down to work on some things so isn’t there to come back up just yet. Also remember that he went down to the 4th line with Bednar scrambling lines to find the best matches, and they had little time… Read more »

Victory Donald

if he could only learn from what Val did!

Glendon Gulliver

I am glad to see Maltsev get another chance. I see him at 4C for now. The team is giving Kaut his chance, so I hope the best for him and the team. I do think that he needs to be playing on the 3rd line. Kaut is expected to score, while playing good team defense. I do not think he will ever be a great 4th liner on the Avs. That is not his skill set. While he needs to hustle and play hard, he also needs to score and he needs to be where he can do that.… Read more »

dp10

So they sent Kaut to the minors in between games? That’s puzzling. I’d love to see Kaut succeed with the Avs, but he reminds me a bit of Vaclav Nedorost at the moment.

Adrian Dater

It’s “cap management”

Brad Jacobs

Are we that tight? Thought we had a few million cushion.

Victory Donald

We should have two or a few million…Rod was $2M. But I looked and tight!

https://www.spotrac.com/nhl/colorado-avalanche/cap/

Marie

This doesn’t surprise me because after playing East Coast teams they are heading to Finland and won’t be back till the beginning of November.

Victory Donald

AP Style Guide or Stunk and White “The Elements of Style” for a young histroy major wannabe journalist.

Mikhail Maltsev played a total of eighteen games for the Avalanche last season.

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Mikhail Maltsev played a total of 18 games for the Avalanche last season.

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