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Wingers Gabriel Bourque and Sam Hen­ley, re­called from San An­to­nio on Wed­nes­day, jumped right into the Avalanche lineup against Colum­bus on Thurs­day, with Joe Col­borne and Cody McLeod the healthy scratches among the for­wards. Also scratched was de­fense­man Eric Geli­nas, who has been placed on waivers but likely will re­main with the Avs for the fore­see­able fu­ture if he isn’t claimed by Fri­day.

Bourque, 26, made the Avalanche on a pro­fes­sional try­out, and has played in 247 NHL games. Hen­ley, 23, signed with the Colorado or­ga­ni­za­tion as an un­drafted free agent in 2014 af­ter play­ing five sea­sons in the Que­bec Ma­jor Ju­nior Hockey League, the fi­nal three in his home­town of Val-d’Or. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound winger had a goal and three as­sists in his sec­ond sea­son with the AHL’s Ram­page.

No go on Greer.

Bed­nar said the Avalanche con­sid­ered bring­ing back 19-year-old A.J. Greer for his third stint with the team this sea­son.

“I think the cul­ture and the mes­sage that we want to send through our or­ga­ni­za­tion is you get what you earn,” Bed­nar said. “He was up here, he played real well for us, we like what he did, but he didn’t have a great week­end in San An­to­nio. Craig Billing­ton (as­sis­tant gen­eral man­ager) was there last week­end and he saw the guys that are play­ing hard, pro­vid­ing what we’re look­ing for here.”

NHL de­but.

Hen­ley said his mother, Manon, was com­ing in from Val-d’Or for the game.

His dad, Rock, can’t fly be­cause of health rea­sons. “But he’s go­ing to be watch­ing, for sure,” Hen­ley said.

Con­sid­er­ing that Hen­ley wasn’t drafted, played an over-age year of ma­jor ju­nior, and in the AHL has been a plug­ger rather than a scorer, he has beaten con­sid­er­able odds to get an NHL look.

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