After a big win against the Los Angeles Kings, the Colorado Avalanche are now in their league mandated “Bye Week,” which is followed by the NHL All-Star break. When they come back from the break, they’ll have a new winger to break-in, as Zach Parise is now officially a member of the team.
In the Ontario Hockey League, Calum Ritchie cannot be stopped, as he went off (yet again) in another Oshawa Generals victory.
All that and more in this Saturday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
Logan O’Connor is officially on pace for 20 goals after another big performance in Colorado’s 5-1 win over the Kings.
Prior to the game, the Avalanche confirmed that the rumors were true, and Zach Parise is now a member of the team. He’ll join them after the break.
With a big break coming up, that gives me some time to dig into Parise’s tape, and I’ll put up a film room next year for all CHN+ members. In addition to that, we’ll have plenty of other content over the break, including the first trade board for the team.
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Calum Ritchie Unstoppable
Can the Avalanche afford to move Calum Ritchie at the NHL Trade Deadline? The goal is absolutely to win now with the core that they have, but you still need some young talent coming in on entry-level deals, and Ritchie looks like he’s got a real NHL future ahead of him.
On Friday, he put up another four point performance in a 6-5 win for the Oshawa Generals. He’s now up to 44 points in 26 games, and sits fifth in the OHL in points-per-game at 1.69.
— Ontario Hockey League (@OHLHockey) January 27, 2024
Around The NHL
Bleacher Report released their choices for the NHL Awards at this point in the season, and yes, Nathan MacKinnon is their Hart winner.
The NHL released the Stadium Series jerseys on Friday, and maybe I’m just old, but they all seem bland and boring, outside of maybe the New York Rangers jersey.
An even better look at the Stadium Series jerseys 🔥
Thoughts? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/jVcVSeY5FB
— B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) January 26, 2024
National Hockey Now
Philadelphia made a big commitment to Owen Tippett on Friday with an eight-year, $49.6 million extension.
Expect the Nashville Predators to be active before the trade deadline, according to Barry Trotz.