Landeskog not ready to return
Avalanche captain Gabe Landeskog was far enough along on the road to recovery to skate hard on his own Monday and then stay to participate in about the first 20 minutes of practice at Family Sports Center.
But then he headed to the dressing room, and while he made the trip with the team to Nashville on Monday afternoon, he won’t play Tuesday night against the Predators.
“He’s felt better every day for the last three or four days,” Avs coach Jared Bednar said. “Obviously, skating a little bit, joining the team for part of practice, so that’s a step in the right direction, but he’s day to day.”
Also, defenseman Cody Goloubef, recalled from San Antonio Sunday, practiced with the Avs. He was acquired from Columbus in a trade of AHL defensemen Nov. 28, with Ryan Stanton going to the Blue Jackets organization and Goloubef moving from the Cleveland Monsters to the Rampage.
“We know what Cody has done in the past and what he’s capable of doing,” said Bednar, who along with Avalanche assistant Nolan Pratt was part of the Springfield Falcons AHL staff when Goloubef played there as a Blue Jackets prospect. “He’s a good skater, he can chip in on the penalty kill, he has a little familiarity with our system, though it’s been a couple of years. … In my opinion, he’s an NHL player, but he has to prove that.”
Goloubef played Saturday and Sunday against the San Jose Barracuda, then got the news that he was headed for Colorado.
“Anytime someone wants to bring you in and you feel wanted, it’s a good feeling,” Goloubef said after practice. “This is my second chance and I’m here to make the most of it.”
Why didn’t it work out in Columbus?
“I ran into some injury troubles two years in a row,” he said. “Last year I broke my jaw and missed about 30 games. Year before that I hurt my knee and missed 30 games, too, and I always got off to good starts. After that, you get knocked down, shuffled down a little bit and you have to work your way back up.”
Asked about playing for Bednar and Pratt, he said: “Coming in and playing the same system I used to play is definitely an advantage, a benefit for me. I have to play well and play hard and the rest will take care of itself.”
If Fedor Tyutin, who missed Saturday’s loss to Dallas with a lower body injury, and didn’t practice Monday, is able to go during the road trip, the Avs again will have seven defensemen available in the wake of the broken fibula Erik Johnson suffered Saturday. Johnson is expected to be out six to eight weeks.
Bednar said Tyutin’s injury isn’t serious and that he was making the trip, too, though he wasn’t sure if he would be able to play Tuesday. “He’s not bad,” Bednar said. “Took the day off the ice, obviously, but he’s better than he was (Sunday). That’s all I really know.”