Colorado Avalanche re-set taxi squad in front of AHL opener

For the first month of the NHL season, the Colorado Avalanche have been reliably cycling players through the transaction wire between the NHL, the taxi squad and the AHL. The moves didn’t actually matter. From an on-ice point of view, most were irrelevant, yet the team caused them to control the salary cap, as well as sporadically have folks fill in at NHL practice. Since the Eagles are set to start their season this end of the week, these sort of paper transactions will get undeniably less incessant.

In view of that, the Avalanche made various transactions today to set both the NHL and AHL lineups for the next few weeks. Veteran forward Jayson Megna has been called up and added to the NHL roster while individual forwards Miika Salomaki, T.J. Tynan and defensemen Dennis Gilbert, Kyle Burroughs and Dan Renouf have been added to the taxi squad. They, alongside goalie Adam Werner, will make up the group of reserves for the Avalanche going ahead.

Alongside these names, Greg Pateryn is believed to be back on the Avalanche roster subsequent to being sent down to the Eagles on Thursday. In contrast to different moves, Pateryn isn’t recorded among the AHL transactions, yet he isn’t listed on the official season opening roster for the Eagles either. The transition to send him down and back up was likely a matter of salary cap manipulation.

Friday’s moves imply that top possibilities Shane Bowers, Martin Kaut will be with the Eagles for years to come to get some game activity.

A youthful Colorado Eagles team starts its contracted AHL season this weekend with an excursion to California to take on the San Diego Gulls. The group will spend the whole week in California, playing three games against the Gulls and two against the Ontario Reign.

We could see some player movement once the Eagles get back to Colorado for their game against the Tucson Road Runners on Feb. 24. For the time being however, everybody will remain where they are.

Possibilities Trent Minor (G), Cal Burke (F), Jean-Luc Foudy (F), Sasha Mutala (F) and Luka Burzan (F) are completely expected to make their professional debuts this week.