Lan­deskog not ready to re­turn

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Terry Frei Terry Frei: tfrei@den­ver­ or @TFrei

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.”

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