CENTENNIAL, Colo.--The NHL preseason is done and over with, and the Colorado Avalanche can now put all of its attention onto opening night and the start of the 2018-19 regular season.
After the team reassigned forward Logan O'Connor and defensemen Mark Alt and David Warsofsky on Tuesday, Colorado's active roster for season opener is just about set. For the remaining players, the practice at Family Sports Center was the first of two before Thursday's game versus the Minnesota Wild.
"It is a long season, but the first few weeks kind of feel like a sprint," said forward Gabriel Landeskog. "Everybody wants to hit the ground running, and we want to be one of them but at the same time conserve some energy for down the stretch."