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Motivation Fueled Cole's Return

Defenseman missed only four games after having two hip surgeries in the offseason

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

PITTSBURGH--Ian Cole had a busy summer, but he didn't do what you probably think a professional athlete does in their offseason.

There were no fancy excursions planned or vacations on the beach. His five months between games involved him sitting on the couch or training table rehabbing his surgically repaired hips. Then it was working out every day in the weight room to be ready for the start of the season.

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Avalanche Not Satisfied Despite Perfect Start

Colorado players see plenty of areas for improvement

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

PITTSBURGH--Then there was one undefeated team remaining in the National Hockey League.

The Colorado Avalanche is the only club that can say it has yet to lose a game in any fashion this season, but that notoriety doesn't mean much for the squad at this point of the 2019-20 campaign. Colorado is only five contests into the 82-game marathon and securing a playoff berth can't be achieved in the first two weeks of the season.

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Donskoi, Landeskog Rest Up For Coyotes

Avalanche faces goaltender decision

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche was without two of its top forwards at Friday's practice, but both Joonas Donskoi and Gabriel Landeskog are expected to be in the lineup on Saturday when the club faces the Arizona Coyotes.

The two Scandinavian wings were given maintenance days by head coach Jared Bednar and stayed off the ice at Family Sports Center.

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Compher Out with Lower-Body Injury

Forward has been unable to skate since the Avalanche's last game

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Forward J.T. Compher won't be in the Colorado Avalanche's lineup on Thursday when the team returns to action to host the Boston Bruins at Pepsi Center.

Compher has yet to take the ice since playing in Saturday's contest against the Minnesota Wild due to a lower-body injury.

"I was kind of expecting him to skate this morning, but he came in feeling not as good as we hoped," said head coach Jared Bednar. "So we kept him off the ice today, so he won't play for us tomorrow. I don't know the extent of it or how long it is going to be, but we're just evaluating it day-by-day. It's been four days now, and he hasn't skated so he won't be an option for us tomorrow."

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Cole Returns to Practice as Full Participant

The defenseman was initially anticipated to be out until December

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Colorado Avalanche defenseman Ian Cole was present in a full-contact jersey at the team's practice on Monday, his first time sporting a regular training sweater with the group this season.

It was initially anticipated that Cole wouldn't return to game action until December after he had offseason surgery on both of his hips, but head coach Jared Bednar said Monday it is a possibility that Cole could play again sometime in the next few weeks.

"All I know is he has been working extremely hard. He had a focus from Day 1 of his injury that he was going to be back early, and he has put in the work," said Bednar. "I mean that's a guy that wants to get back in the lineup and wants to play. It is all his doing. He has been doing everything and more that the trainers have allowed him to do and the doctors have allowed him to do in the timeline.

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Kadri Happy With Avalanche Debut

Forward reflects on his season opener in Colorado

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--As far as new team debuts go, Nazem Kadri was overall pleased with how his first game with the Colorado Avalanche went.

The Avs' new second-line center played 17:17, won 12-of-21 faceoffs (57 percent), had three shots on goal and nine shot attempts on Thursday night in the 2019-20 season opener. He also nearly potted his first goal in burgundy and blue just five minutes into the new season, but his shot rang off the crossbar as he was falling to the ice.

"That one kept me up last night," Kadri said with a laugh to on the goal that never was. "I know every single game I'm going to get my opportunities, just caught a little off balance there. I don't know quite know how I missed that one, but maybe midseason it might have been a little bit different."

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Timmins Earns a Spot on Avalanche Opening-Night Roster

The defenseman missed entire 2018-19 season with injury

by Callie Parmele @Avalanche /

Conor Timmins has come a long way in his journey to play professional hockey.

The defenseman has spent the past year and a half recovering from a head injury that he sustained during the 2018 Ontario Hockey League Playoffs, and he has battled through adversity to earn a spot on the Colorado Avalanche's opening night roster for the 2019-20 season.

"Obviously I was pretty excited," Timmins said of when he learned he was on the Avs' 23-man active roster. "I dreamed of this my whole life, so I am definitely really excited to be here and hopefully help this team win a championship."

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Avs Practice Before More Roster Cuts

Cale Makar rests up

by Ron Knabenbauer @Avalanche /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The Colorado Avalanche continued its preparation for the regular season on Tuesday with its second of three straight practice days prior to opening night.

Colorado had its second consecutive hour-long session at Family Sports Center, with 26 players participating. Defenseman Cale Makar did not skate as he was given a maintenance day.

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Rantanen Ready to Start New Campaign

The winger had his first practice of the season with the Avs on Monday

by Callie Parmele @CallieParmele /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--Mikko Rantanen stepped onto the Colorado Avalanche's practice ice and was greeted with an ovation of sticktaps and raucous cheers from his teammates on Monday.  

Rantanen didn't necessarily want that spotlight, but he was excited to be back on the ice with the Avs squad.

"It's funny, that's funny I think. I don't really want that but that is what the guys do," Rantanen said of the way he was welcomed with. "It was pretty funny, so we got a good laugh about it."

It marked the first time this year that Rantanen has skated with Colorado after he signed a six-year contract with the team on Saturday night and arrived in Denver late on Sunday.

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Avs Practice with Full Roster as Opening Night Nears

Mikko Rantanen skates, Ian Cole continues to progress in his recovery

by Ron Knabenbauer @RonKnab /

CENTENNIAL, Colo.--For the first time this season, the Colorado Avalanche didn't have any players missing from practice.

Colorado had 27 players take the ice for the hour-long session on Monday at Family Sports Center, and that included Mikko Rantanen, who arrived in Denver on Sunday night from his native Finland after signing a new six-year contract with the club the previous day.

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