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Wolski "Optimistic" About Returning

by Aaron Lopez / Colorado Avalanche
The Avalanche, which has seemingly gone through a revolving door of injuries recently, could receive some help if Wojtek Wolski is able to return to the lineup on Sunday against the Vancouver Canucks.

Wolski skated with the team during a 75-minute practice on Friday morning and said he is “optimistic” that he could play when the Avs and Canucks square off at GM Place.

“I feel better than I have lately, so that’s a positive,” said Wolski.

The center also touched on how his role and responsibilities will be expanded when he returns, due in part to Colorado’s injury situation.

“With so many injuries, there can be a little bit of confusion with guys coming in and out of the lineup,” Wolski stated. “We have so many young guys that you have to look for leadership anywhere you can.”

Colorado’s third-leading scorer with 41 points (14g/27a) in 73 games, Wolski has missed the club’s last three contests due to illness. In 17 career outings against the Canucks, he has totaled 13 points (3g/10a).

Back on the Ice
Two injured Avalanche defensemen skated prior to this morning’s practice. Brett Clark was on one side of the rink going through skating drills with assistant coach Dave Barr, while Lawrence Nycholat was on the other end doing some stickhandling and shooting on his own.

Clark missed his first game of the season on Wednesday due to a hand injury, while Nycholat suffered a head injury on March 22 against the San Jose Sharks and has not played since. Both blueliners are listed as out indefinitely.

A New Addition
Congratulations are due to forward Brian Willsie and his wife, Kelly. The couple welcomed their third child, Nash Andrew Willsie, to the world early Thursday morning.

Nash, who is healthy and happy, will be draft eligible in 2027.

The proud new father was back at practice on Friday, and will accompany the team on its trip to Vancouver.
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