The Colorado Avalanche opened the on-ice portion of its 2010 training camp Saturday morning at Family Sports Center.
At this year’s camp, the participants have been broken up into three teams for the scrimmages (Team Black, Team Blue and Team Grey). Each team will play two scrimmages during the day (once against each team) with a 45-minute, running-time format.Interesting Combinations Up Front
While each team had 10 forwards, meaning that the combinations were often varied while some players double-shifted or filled in on other lines, the following groupings stayed together pretty steadily throughout the day.
Team Black featured three players who finished last season skating together, with Avalanche leading scorer Paul Stastny
centering T.J. Galiardi and Chris Stewart.
Team Grey saw Matt Duchene
in between Peter Mueller
and Milan Hejduk
– a line combination that seemed to have a great deal of chemistry after Mueller was acquired at the trade deadline last year from the Phoenix Coyotes.
Team Blue had David Jones
and Brandon Yip flanking Ryan O’Reilly in another line combination that we could possibly see at the beginning of the upcoming season.Vets Paired With Youngsters On Blue Line
Looking at the defensive pairings on Day One of training camp, it quickly became clear that the idea was to pair a veteran blueliner (or one with NHL experience, at least) with a young prospect.
Just like at last year’s camp, captain Adam Foote teamed up with Cameron Gaunce
on the Team Black blue line. For more information about that duo, be sure to read this article about Gaunce from earlier this summer
. Also for Team Black, John-Michael Liles and Colby Cohen teamed up.
For Team Blue, Scott Hannan was opposite Kevin Shattenkirk. Finally, Kyle Quincey skated with Jonas Holos
and Ryan Wilson
teamed up with Joel Chouinard
for Team Grey.Scrimmage RecapsClick here for detailed recaps of Saturday’s three scrimmages Team Grey 3, Team Black 1
Team Grey received goals from Mike Carman, Joey Hishon
and Milan Hejduk
en route to victory. David Van Der Gulik
had the lone tally for Team Black. Team Black 5, Team Blue 2
Team Black took a 2-0 lead on goals by Kevin Porter
and Ben Walter, but Team Blue tied it up with tallies from Ryan Stoa
and Philippe Dupuis. Team Black would then rally off three straight goals (one by Chris Stewart and a pair from Matt Ford) to claim the victory. Team Blue 3, Team Grey 2
Ryan O’Reilly scored the game-winning goal in the final minute for Team Blue. Each team finished the first day of training camp with a 1-1 record.Coach Sacco’s Reaction to Day One
“I was pleased. Yesterday I had talked about tempo and pace; that’s what we were looking for the first day. Overall, I thought the first two and a half games the guys were working hard and were trying to push the pace. I thought towards the end it caught up a bit, but I’m very pleased with the overall pace of the day.”Mueller Feeling Fine
As already mentioned, Peter Mueller
was back on the ice today and paired up with Matt Duchene
and Milan Hejduk
, whom he spent most of his time with last season after being acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes.
The trio showed considerable chemistry during their two scrimmages today, and Mueller said that he’s personally feeling fine when he was asked about the season-ending concussion he had last year.
“It’s the first day. It was good to get on the ice,” said Mueller. “Obviously I’m a little rusty, but overall it felt good to get everyone going and get things heading in the right direction.”
As a precautionary measure, the forward is testing out some new equipment this week in training camp.
“I’m trying out a new helmet that will actually help with my head, so hopefully nothing will ever happen again,” said Mueller. “All the post-concussion symptoms are gone, so I’m really ready to get the season going.”Avs/Red Cross Teaming Up
The Colorado Avalanche, in partnership with the Red Cross, will have volunteers from the Red Cross at two upcoming games to collect funds to help people affected by the recent Colorado wildfires in Fourmile Canyon and Loveland.
Volunteers will be outside 1STBANK Center prior to Monday’s Burgundy/White Game, as well as outside Pepsi Center on Wednesday before Colorado’s preseason contest against the Los Angeles Kings.
In conjunction with the public collection of funds, Kroenke Sports Charities is making a $5,000 donation to aid the disaster relief efforts of the Red Cross. The check presentation will be made on-ice pre-game at the Burgundy/White Game on Monday night.