The Colorado Avalanche had the entire week off, thanks to their “bye” combined with the All-Star break.
What did that mean for Colorado Hockey Now? Well, we kept working. I stopped by Family Sports, the Avalanche practice facility, every day this week to check things out, and we had a couple of big film rooms’ breaking down some dynamic duos.
Let’s take a look back at the (quiet) week that was for the Avalanche.
I took a look back at the first week and handed out the team awards.
The first official day of break for the team, and Bowen Byram was skating at Family Sports with Kurtis MacDermid. A sign of what was to come this week.
Dug into the film to see what makes Evan Rodrigues and Nathan MacKinnon so good together.
Valeri Nichushkin joined in the skating fun at Family Sports, along with Josh Manson.
Another film room, this time taking a look at what makes Devon Toews and Cale Makar so good in the offensive zone.
The competitors for the events at the Skills Challenge were announced.
Jesse Puljujarvi is a former top 5 pick, and needs a change of scenery. Does he make sense for the Avalanche?
A final update from “voluntary” practices with Nichushkin and Byram.
In the Splash Challenge, Mikko Rantanen sent Sidney Crosby into the dunk tank.
At the All-Star game, all three Avalanche players scored, including Nathan MacKinnon notching three. However, the Central Division fell in the finals.
At practice it became official: Bowen Byram will return to the lineup for the Avalanche on Tuesday.