The Colorado Avalanche made a couple of transactions while most of us were asleep last night. The Avalanche have reassigned Martin Kaut and Mikhail Maltsev to the Colorado Eagles of the AHL. This is more than likely a paper/cap transaction, as there have been a couple of players banged up on the Finland trip.
Since Martin Kaut’s last recall on October 18th, he has been on a bit of a roller coaster. He was initially called up and thrown right onto second line.
His performance was better, but he unfortunately saw a decrease in ice time. At some points, he was even benched for the entire third period (Seattle, Vegas and NY Rangers games this happened). Kaut was seeing time on the fourth line until the Columbus series in Finland where injuries bumped him back to the second line. Last night, Kaut played his best career NHL game with his first multi-point game. During this call-up, he had one goal and one assist, six shots on goal, and was plus-2.
Mikhail Maltsev was playing as the fourth line center the whole time that he had been called up. He has been with the Avalanche on this round since October 25th, seeing playing time in five games. In most of the games he was averaging less than ten minutes of ice time and no shots on goal. Last night’s Columbus game was the first time he broke ten minutes of ice time (11:05). Maltsev had four shots on goal and no other stats during his time with the Avalanche.
As I mentioned before, this more than likely a paper/cap transaction. The Avalanche will not play again until Thursday against the Nashville Predators at Ball Arena. There is a slight chance that Kaut and Maltsev could trek up north to play for the Eagles on Tuesday or Wednesday when the they play the Texas Stars. But, either way I think at least Kaut will be back with the team with his best game of his career last night. Maltsev on the other hand, he may stay with the Eagles.