Colorado Avalanche Manson Details Injury, Camp Standout Cut. Colorado Avalanche Updates: Manson’s Recovery, Preseason Preparations, and Roster Moves
In a surprising turn of events, Colorado Avalanche defenseman Josh Manson opened up about his challenging ordeal last season. Despite being a rare occurrence for NHL players to discuss injuries in such detail, Manson revealed the extent of his struggles. The 31-year-old defenseman was sidelined for most of the previous season, playing only 27 games due to a torn quadratus lumborum (QL) and oblique. His determination to continue playing was evident, but by the midway point of the fifth game, he found himself unable to move, leading to his withdrawal from the match against the Seattle Kraken.
Although this injury didn’t hinder Manson’s performance during the regular season, it did necessitate surgery over the summer. The defenseman expressed confidence that the issue has been resolved. According to coach Jared Bednar, Manson is “likely” to participate in a preseason game this week, pending his recovery progress.
Colorado Avalanche Manson Details Injury
However, the team faces other challenges. Forward Andrew Cogliano, although enthusiastic and feeling great, continues to wear a red, non-contact jersey at practice. The team is cautiously managing his return timeline, ensuring he’s fully prepared for the regular season.
Additionally, there are updates on the roster composition. Goaltender Arvid Holm and forward Ivan Ivan have been reassigned to the Colorado Eagles, marking the Avalanche’s move to a single practice group. Notably, Ivan’s performance during the preseason impressed, potentially earning him an entry-level contract. Moreover, there have been waivers placed on Wyatt Aamodt and Corey Schueneman, who, if they pass through, will join the Eagles.
In the absence of several key players due to rest days or injuries, the practice lineups might not reflect the actual configurations for the regular season. Notably, Fredrik Olofsson centered a line with Logan O’Connor and Andrew Cogliano during a recent practice, a combination that might see action on opening night.
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The team also provided updates on players’ health. Bowen Byram returned to practice after a brief illness, while Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and Ben Meyers took rest days. Regarding goaltender Pavel Francouz, it’s expected that he won’t be available to start the season, with Justus Annunen likely getting an opportunity to showcase his abilities in the backup role until Francouz’s return.
As the preseason progresses, fans eagerly await further updates and the team’s final preparations before the regular season kicks off. Stay tuned for more news on the Colorado Avalanche’s journey toward another successful NHL season.