Colorado Avalanche waits to name its captain
On the day the Avalanche finalized its opening-night roster, the captain of the team remained undecided.
As he previously stated, Avs coach Joe Sacco on Wednesday said forwards Milan Hejduk and Paul Stastny will wear an “A” patch on their sweaters as alternate captains, but he’s in no hurry to give anyone the “C.”
A third player, however, will be given an “A,” and that letter might rotate to the chests of various players.
Thus, the retired Joe Sakic and Adam Foote remain the only captains in Avalanche history as the club begins its 16th season Saturday against the Detroit Red Wings at the Pepsi Center.
“Does it change at some point during the season? It may. It may not,” Sacco said. “As I’ve said before,we’ll kind of let that process play itself out over the next little while. Can’t put a timetable on when it will be.”
Meanwhile, the Avs reduced their roster to the regular-season maximum of 23 players by reassigning rookie defenseman Stefan Elliott and putting defenseman Kyle *****iskey (groin) and forwards Mark Olver (head) and Brandon Yip (forearm) on injured reserved.
Elliott, a prized 20-year-old, puck-moving prospect, will begin his pro career with Colorado’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. He had a good chance to begin his career in the NHL if the Avs kept eight defensemen.
As it is, they will begin with 14 forwards, seven defensemen and two goalies.