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On The Road: Off Day In Toronto

by Ron Knabenbauer / Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche is on a 15-day, seven-game road trip out east, tied for the longest such roadie for the club since the franchise moved to Denver in 1995. Colorado's last seven-game trip was Oct. 8-21, 2009. is blogging about the team's events during its two weeks away from the Mile High City.

The Avs arrived at their downtown hotel after midnight following its 6-1 victory in Montreal on Saturday. With two days in-between games, the club had a pre-scheduled off day on Sunday in Toronto.

The players and staff had the opportunity to get a good night's rest with no practice on the docket for the day. The players got a full day off and could check out the city, while the coaches finished breaking down video and the equipment staff set up the locker room at the Air Canada Centre.

With so many players around the league being from the surrounding Toronto area and the Ontario province, playing in Canada's largest city is a chance for them to come home and see family and friends. The Avalanche has two such players in John Mitchell, who from Oakville (30 minutes south of Toronto on a shore of Lake Ontario) and Matt Duchene , who is from Haliburton (two hours northeast of the city).

The Avalanche contingent did get larger by one person on Sunday as the club claimed Chris Wagner on waivers from the Anaheim Ducks at 12 noon ET.

Wagner has played in 11 games this season with the Ducks and is a solid faceoff man that will also bring a physical presence. The 6-foot, 195-pound right wing was tied for second on Anaheim in hits (32) and ranked fourth in penalty minutes (17). His 53.4 faceoff-winning percentage ranked second on the Ducks.

The Avs will reconvene for practice on Monday afternoon at the Air Canada Centre.

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