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Avalanche Weekly Wrap: Bednar Extension, Growth of Newhook



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There was a bump in the road in the middle of it, but another strong week for the Colorado Avalanche on the ice, as they look to hunt down the teams above them in the Central.

Off the ice, Jared Bednar got a nice extension, Alex Galchenyuk’s hard work paid off, and I talked to Alex Newhook about his progression this season.

Let’s take a look back at the past week for the team.

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A video breakdown of Denis Malgin and how tailor-made he is for the Avalanche system.

Gabriel Landeskog joined the Avalanche for morning skate on Monday, but don’t expect much more of that until he’s closer to being ready.

Without Cale Makar, the Avalanche shut out the Chicago Blackhawks.

Georgiev talked about how confident the team was at the time.


It was the best game from Alex Galchenyuk, and Denis Malgin worked his way up to the top line.

Bad news the next day, though, as Evan Rodrigues was announced as being “in protocol” after a hit from Connor Murphy.

Avalanche Turning Point: Fourth Line Brings the Energy (+)

That night, the Avalanche announced a three-year contract extension for Jared Bednar.


Cale Makar was voted the best defenseman in the NHL by his peers.

The Avalanche got Darren Helm back for the first time in over two months that night.

Wednesday night brought a minor bump in the road, as the Avalanche fell to the Penguins.

Bednar was not happy with a call on the veteran Helm in the second period.


MacDermid‘s lack of discipline hurt the team the night before.

Avalanche Turning Point: Did The Refs Get it Right or Wrong in Second? (+)

After his contract extension, Bednar is excited to continue to grow with the team he’s helped develop.


Both Sean Behrens and Nikolai Kovalenko saw their respective season’s come to an end. Will either sign?

The Avalanche got a big boost on Friday, as both Erik Johnson and Cale Makar returned to the lineup.

Pavel Francouz is skating again, as well as other injury updates for the team.

Makar led the way in a win over the Coyotes.

When I asked, Makar gave the answer you would expect him too about being named the best defenseman by his peers.


An energy trio was put back together in the win against the Coyotes.

Hard Work Paying Off For ‘Rock Solid’ Galchenyuk

Avalanche Turning Point: Makar, Big Guns Turn it Up in Second (+)


Alex Newhook Has ‘Grown’ in a Season of Ups and Downs

It wasn’t pretty, but the Avalanche finished the week with another win in Arizona.

The return of Evan Rodrigues was a nice boost to the team up front.

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