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Evan’s NHL Daily: Maenalanen Signs Overseas, Zegras Update



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A week ago, it looked like Saku Maenalanen was headed to training camp with the Colorado Avalanche. Now, it looks like it will be several years before he returns to the NHL.

Around the league, Trevor Zegras is still sitting without a deal, and it doesn’t seem like the two sides are really all that close.

All that and more in this Wednesday edition of Evan’s Daily.

Colorado Hockey Now

Tomas Tatar was missing from practice on Tuesday, but he had a good reason. Someone who was at practice was Nate Clurman, who seems to be making a big impression on the coaching staff.

Colorado made their first set of cuts.

Plus/Minus from Game two of the preseason, with a lot of young players standing out.

Avalanche Preseason Game 2 Plus/Minus: Youngsters Make Big Impression

Maenalanen Signs Overseas

Saku Maenalanen was ready to come to camp with the Avalanche, but a funky rule with the NHL put a stop to that.

The Finnish forward underwent surgery four months ago for an upper body injury, but the NHL rule is that the surgery required five months of recovery. Because it hadn’t been long enough, he failed his physical, despite feeling fine.

He wasted no time finding a new job, signing a 3-year contract in Switzerland.

Zegras Update

Seems like there’s a real chance Greg Cronin will start the season without the Ducks leading scorer from last year.

According to 32 Thoughts, the Ducks are offering Trevor Zegras between $3-4 million per season. That’s just not enough to get a deal done. Zegras isn’t the only player without a contract in Anaheim, as Jamie Drysdale is sitting out as well. Not quite sure what the plan is here by the Ducks. They’re not exactly a team loaded with talent, and I’m not sure alienating one of your best players is worth it in the long run.

National Hockey Now

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Tanner Molendyk was a name the Avalanche were interested in around the draft. He’s making a good impression in camp with the Predators.

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