No Avalanche skate today. The club will resume practice Monday, when rookie defenseman Tyson Barrie will begin formal preparations for Tuesday’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks at the Pepsi Center. It’s all but certain Barrie will make his NHL debut against the Blackhawks, given that the Avs need an offensive spark and they aren’t going to have a fine young prospect sit and watch.
I talked with Barrie over the phone today and we will have a complete story in Monday’s paper and online.
If you didn’t already know, Barrie and Stefan Elliott are longtime friends. Elliott, who just turned 21, was sent down to Lake Erie to make room for Barrie. They began their pro careers together in Lake Erie at the beginning of the season and Elliott played in 30 of the last 32 games with the big club.
“We’ve known each other since we were kids, playing hockey against each other around Vancouver,” Barrie said. “We keep in touch all the time. He’s one of my good buddies. I was just talking to him...