Found September 25, 2013 on HockeyBuzz:
And then there were three: three defensemen competing for two places on the Avalanche's 23-man opening night roster. The Avalanche today assigned Stefan Elliott to the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League, leaving Matt Hunwick and free-agent signees Nick Holden and Nate Guenin to battle it out for those extra spots. In somewhat of a surprise move, coach Patrick Roy has decide...

Colorado Avalanche: Regular season roster will be finalized this week

Avalanche must cut 4 players before opening night Four preseason games played and the Colorado Avalanche’s opening night roster is close to set.  A total of 58 players reported to training camp and one week before the regular season opens 27 players remain.  Head coach Patrick Roy made it clear weeks ago which forwards would comprise the top three lines, and so far he has kept...

Rick Sadowski: Bigras returned to OHL; MacKinnon to play Thursday in Dallas

The most significant news from the Avalanche's morning skate today: highly-regarded defenseman Chris Bigras was reassigned to his junior team, Owen Sound in the Ontario Hockey League, and first-round draft pick Nathan MacKinnon is expected to play Thursday in Dallas and Saturday in Las Vegas against Los Angeles. MacKinnon has been nursing a hip flexor injury. Bigras, 18,...

Rick Sadowski: Giguere struggles; Avalanche comeback falls short

Well, this sure wasn't the way Colorado Avalanche goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere wanted his preseason debut to go Tuesday night at the Pepsi Center. After facing one shot in the first period of the Avalanche's eventual 5-3 loss to the Dallas Stars, Giguere was pulled at 9:44 of the second period after allowing four goals on nine additional shots. The Stars scored their...

Avs embracing demeanor of coach Patrick Roy

Patrick Roy's fiery personality is already rubbing off on the Colorado Avalanche. Just the other day in a scrimmage, captain Gabriel Landeskog mixed it up along the boards with Steve Downie. That feistiness is precisely what the new coach wants to see from a team that's missed the playoffs three straight seasons. ''You need to come with a different attitude,'...

Rick Sadowski: Avalanche lineup vs. Dallas tonight

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These are Patrick Roy’s projected top-six defensive pairings *as of now

Coach Roy listed his top-six defensive pairings as of now after practice this morning. Roy also disclosed that he will keep 13 forwards and eight defensemen on the regular roster when the season starts Wednesday. Roy said the pairings again as of now subject to change possibly are: Andre Benoit-Erik Johnson Ryan Wilson-Tyson Barrie Jan Hejda-Corey Sarich Of course Ryan Wilson ...
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