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Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: McGinn isn't completely recovered from offseason back surgery and could be limited in training camp, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: McGinn re-upped with the Avs on a two-year deal in June, and it's likely the team knew about the procedure before bringing him back in the fold. The Avs haven't issued a rough timetable for when to expect McGinn back at full strength, but his injury puts the club in somewhat of a rough spot with several of their other forwards banged up in the early going. If McGinn recovers well as camp progresses, he'll likely occupy a spot on the third line entering the 2014-15 campaign.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Avs coach Patrick Roy said he's tentatively planning to use Iginla as the second-line right wing this season, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: Roy revealed his projected top-six forwards at Thursday's training camp session, slotting Iginla next to Ryan O'Reilly and Matt Duchene. That trio would be good enough to qualify as the top line for most teams, but the fact that they'll likely match up against lesser competition should only further aid their productivity. Iginla may be transitioning to a new squad after signing a three-year deal with the Avs in the summer, but expect him to make a run at another 30-goal season to go along with a magnificent plus/minus rating.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Mitchell's participation in training camp could be limited in the early going while he deals with migraines, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: The Avalanche have already announced that the migraines aren't related to the Apr. 11 concussion the center suffered, knocking him out of the remainder of the postseason. While that sounds like a bit of fortunate news, Mitchell could still be held out of the team's first few preseason games as a precaution. Mitchell is likely poised to open the regular season as the team's third-line center.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Avs coach Patrick Roy said at Thursday's training camp session that the Tanguay is slated to open the season as the right wing on the first line, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: If that ends up being the case, it could be a boon for Tanguay, who would be placed alongside Gabriel Landeskog and Nathan MacKinnon on a line full of offensive firepower. Even at the tail end of his career, Tanguay has shown an aptitude for collecting points, but staying healthy could prove problematic. Knee and hip issues limited him to 16 games last season, and he also missed a total of 26 contests across the previous two campaigns. There's still plenty of risk with Tanguay, but the prospect of playing with MacKinnon could greatly outweigh it.
Thu. Sep 18, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Bordeleau will miss the next three months while he continues to recover from offseason back surgery, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: It wasn't announced during the summer that Bordeleau had planned such a procedure, so his absence from training camp came as a little bit of a surprise. As a fourth-line enforcer, Bordeleau suited up for all 82 games last season for the Avs, compiling 178 hits and 115 penalty minutes. Cody McLeod or Paul Carey could be asked to fill Bordeleau's role on the checking line while he remains sidelined.
Tue. Sep 9, 2014 | RotoWire
News: MacKinnon said he has added about 12 to 13 pounds of muscle over the summer, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: MacKinnon and the Avalanche will kick off training camp next Thursday, at which point the reigning Calder Trophy winner will put his increased size and skill on display. With a top-six role guaranteed for MacKinnon out of training camp this season, he could make a push for 70 points.
Thu. Sep 4, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Barrie and the Avalanche came to terms Thursday on a two-year, $5.2 million contract, Adrian Dater of the Denver Post reports.
Impact: While the Avs' ample talent at forward rightfully commanded most of the attention in their emergence as a Western Conference power last season, Barrie's contributions for the team didn't go unnoticed. Despite appearing in only 64 games, the 23-year-old broke out with 13 goals in 2013-14, the most by an Avs defenseman in seven seasons. Now recovered from a sprained MCL that ended his playoffs prematurely, Barrie's stock should begin to pick up some momentum in fantasy drafts.