Another NHL team was eliminated from playoff contention on Monday night, and it’s a team very few expected to miss the playoffs back in September.
The Masterton nominees were announced around the NHL, and for the Colorado Avalanche, the nominee is veteran Andrew Cogliano.
All that and more in this Tuesday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
A look back at the week that was for the Colorado Avalanche.
On 32 Thoughts, Elliotte Friedman gave more information on what he’s heard regarding Cale Makar and Gabriel Landeskog.
Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen hit the 100 point mark in the same season, and they’re the first Avalanche teammates to do it since Peter Forsberg and Joe Sakic. So at what point are they looked at the same way as those two?
Avalanche Turning Point: Ducks Give Rantanan and MacKinnon an Opening (+)
Nathan MacKinnon was named the first star of the week after scoring 10 points in four games.
Andrew Cogliano is the Masterton nominee for the Avalanche. Here’s the write-up on Cogliano for the award. He’s always the first guy on the ice at morning skate, and after skates, he doesn’t stop.
“If you leave the Avalanche dressing room following a morning skate, you’ll probably see Andrew Cogliano running springs or doing some form of squat. At 35 years old and 1,200-plus games into his NHL career, Cogliano is as dedicated to his craft as ever. Cogliano came to Colorado from San Jose at the 2022 trade deadline and, as one of the most respected veterans in the league, became an instant leader, giving a memorable speech to the team ahead of Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. After winning his first championship, he re-signed with Colorado for another year, and he has his most goals in a season since 2017-18.”
Around the NHL
The Calgary Flames made big moves in the offseason, signing Nazem Kadri and trading for Jonathan Huberdeau. In the end, they took a big step back. On Monday, they were eliminated from the NHL playoff picture with a shootout loss to the Nashville Predators. Now we wait and see what kind of changes they make in the summer after a disappointing season.
Erik Karlsson hit 100 points on Monday night. An insane accomplishment, especially given the team he plays for. People can complain about his defense all they want, but this is something that hasn’t been done in over 30 years. Now the question is: is he a member of the Sharks next season?
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