“Shocking Move: Avalanche Drop Veteran Defenseman! Fans Stunned by Unexpected Decision”. In a surprising twist, the Colorado Avalanche shook things up by placing seasoned defenseman Brad Hunt on waivers this Saturday afternoon. If he successfully navigates the waiver process by Sunday, he’ll be heading to the Colorado Eagles for their upcoming training camp. This unexpected move also saw the Avalanche waiving Jack Ahcan, a defenseman they had signed as a free agent in the summer.
The intrigue deepens when we consider that Hunt appeared to be the prime contender for the coveted seventh defenseman spot during the training camp. Despite his age of 35, he made a significant impact last year by participating in 47 games and contributing vital goals during the latter half of the season.
Assuming both Hunt and Ahcan clear waivers and join the Eagles, the seventh defenseman slot for the Avalanche is tentatively occupied by Sam Malinski – at least for now. However, the team isn’t obligated to finalize their roster until Monday, leaving room for further maneuvers. Interestingly, Malinski doesn’t need to go through waivers, offering the Avalanche considerable flexibility in shaping their defensive lineup.
Avalanche Drop Veteran Defenseman
Colorado might still be scouting the waiver wire for a potential seventh defenseman, but the available options on Saturday, including Jakub Zboril, Riley Stillman, and Cale Fleury, didn’t particularly stand out. It’s anticipated that more players will hit the waiver wire on Sunday as teams trim down their final rosters.
If the Avalanche indeed opt to commence the season with Malinski as their seventh defenseman, it would mark a significant victory for the 25-year-old player and come as a major surprise to many. However, some observers, including myself, have reservations about Malinski’s NHL readiness based on his preseason performances. He has appeared hesitant on the ice, leading to errors, and doesn’t seem to fulfill specific roles like penalty kill duties or powerplay responsibilities.
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Jared Bednar, the head coach, provided a mixed review of Malinski’s preseason performance, acknowledging his strengths but emphasizing the need for consistency. Despite conventional thinking that Malinski would benefit from playing in AHL games rather than sitting in the press box, the Avalanche’s decision could stem from their desire to work closely with him in daily practices, given his age of 25.
In essence, the team’s defensive roster appears far from settled. There’s a window for further adjustments, and given their current strategy, the Avalanche seem focused on maximizing flexibility within their lineup. As the team resumes practice on Sunday afternoon, CHN will be present to bring you all the latest updates. Stay tuned for more developments in this intriguing saga.