The Colorado Avalanche made four “big” acquisitions during the NHL offseason, and on Monday, the last one to arrive finally hit the ice in an Avalanche uniform for the first time.
Around the NHL, Alex DeBrincat was dealt away from Ottawa this summer, and a report on one of the reasons why he was unhappy on the Senators has come out.
All that and more in this Tuesday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
Rookie camp starts for the Avalanche on Tuesday, and here are some names to keep an eye on heading into camp and the ensuing tournament.
While they aren’t placing a timeline on his return, the Avalanche are “hoping” they get Gabriel Landeskog back for the playoffs. I had some thoughts on Chris MacFarland’s most recent comments about the Captain.
Wood Gets To Town
The final “new guy” on the Avalanche got to town on Monday, as Miles Wood joined his new teammates on the ice at Family Sports.
After the skate was over, Wood and Ross Colton had a long chat on the ice, probably talking about their experiences in Denver so far.
Training Camp for the Avalanche opens in just 9 days.
Around The NHL
Alex DeBrincat‘s time in Ottawa lasted just one season. According to reports, one of the reasons he was unhappy on the Senators was because he had to play behind Brad Tkachuk in the lineup. He allegedly did not like his role on the second line.
“If he doesn’t want to be there, I don’t want to make him have to be there,” Tim Stutzle said on 32 Thoughts. “That’s fine to us. I think the whole group, we’ve been saying it, we want him to stay. We want him to be part of this group and he’s a great guy, great player.”
DeBrincat’s first year in Ottawa didn’t go as planned, but he’s still a really good player. Because he had a down year, Ottawa didn’t get the package they were hoping for from Detroit, but the Senators weren’t left with much of a choice, as DeBrincat wouldn’t sign an extension with them, and only wanted to go to a few teams.
Ottawa and Detroit are both looking to fight their way into the playoffs in the East, so it’ll be interesting to watch the two organizations battle next season, especially if Patrick Kane follows DeBrincat to the Red Wings.
National Hockey Now
The biggest surprises and disappointments of the offseason for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Zdeno Chara is now training for the NYC Marathon.
Martin St. Louis is giving Alex Newhook a fresh start on the Canadiens.
Half the league is attending Hurricanes training camp on a PTO, it appears.
Tomas Tatar, still unsigned, has switched agents, and is nearing a decision on his future.