Monday provided big news for the Colorado Avalanche, as Gabriel Landeskog took the ice for the first time in months. I was there at Family Sports to take it in, as well as lots of Avalanche fans. With it taking place on a holiday, a lot of families were present to witness the Captain’s return to the ice.
Meanwhile, Martin Kaut was called up to play his first game as a member of the San Jose Sharks. After the game, he made it clear that he asked for a trade from the Avalanche. And not just once.
All that and more in this Tuesday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
Check out the video from the return to the ice for Landeskog. Not exactly pushing it hard, but it’s the first day, so you had to expect it to be a lighter workout.
Meanwhile, Nathan MacKinnon was named the second star of the week by the NHL. He’s been red hot in 2023.
A look back at the turning point in the win over the Oilers. A game without a lot of big saves, but the Avalanche got two late, and one of them wasn’t even from their goaltender. (+)
And if you’re interested, a wrap on the previous week for the Avalanche.
National Hockey Now
San Jose: Martin Kaut got the call-up for the Sharks, and after the game, he made it clear he asked for a trade from the Avalanche. Multiple times. He also explained why.
Pittsburgh: The Penguins are melting down, and with the Eastern conference so tight, they can’t afford many more losses like this.
Vegas: The Golden Knights sure like to play salary cap games. But hey, if it’s there to use, why not? And they’re, once again, putting Mark Stone on LTIR. You just wonder if the Avalanche aren’t far behind, with Erik Johnson’s injury potentially ending his regular season.