Colorado Avalanche injuries

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When a player is injured, his team can either retain him on their active roster, counting towards the 23-man active roster limit, or place him on the Injured Reserve List (IR).

NHL Injuries
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Expected Return Sun Jun 26, 2022
Valeri Nichushkin - DAY-TO-DAY - Undisclosed
Fri Jun 24, 2022
Valeri Nichushkin | Nichushkin scored a goal on five shots and added an assist in Friday's 3-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 5, but the winger was seen going for X-rays after the contest, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
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Expected Return Sun Jun 26, 2022
Andre Burakovsky - DAY-TO-DAY - Hand
Sat Jun 25, 2022
Andre Burakovsky | Burakovsky (hand) traveled with the Avalanche to Tampa Bay and could be an option for Game 6 against the Lightning, per Mike Zeisberger of (NHL).com.

Fri Jun 24, 2022
Andre Burakovsky | Burakovsky (hand) won't play Friday in Game 5 versus the Lightning, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Tue Jun 21, 2022
Andre Burakovsky | Burakovsky (hand) remains back in Colorado and won't be available versus the Lightning on Wednesday, Tom Gulitti of (NHL).com reports.
Mon Jun 20, 2022
Andre Burakovsky | Burakovsky (undisclosed) was labeled day-to-day by coach Jared Bednar ahead of Monday's matchup with Tampa Bay, Kristen Shilton of reports.
Sat Jun 18, 2022
Andre Burakovsky | Burakovsky (undisclosed) will need further evaluation after leaving Saturday's Game 2 versus the Lightning in the second period, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
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Expected Return Thu Sep 15, 2022
Samuel Girard - OUT - Chest
Sun May 22, 2022
Samuel Girard | Girard, who suffered a broken sternum in Game 3 against the Blues on Saturday, does not require surgery, Mike Morreale of (NHL).com reports.

Sat May 21, 2022
Samuel Girard | Girard (upper body) won't return to Saturday's Game 3 versus the Blues. He is undergoing further evaluation at a St. Louis area hospital.
Sat May 21, 2022
Samuel Girard | Girard (upper body) is dealing with a serious injury that could keep him out of the second of the Avalanche's second-round series versus the Blues, Adrian Dater of reports.
Sat May 21, 2022
Samuel Girard | Girard has suffered a broken sternum and is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Injured Reserve List (IR)

If a team opts to put their player on the Injured Reserve List, the following requirements must to be met:

  • First, a team may place a player on the Injured Reserve List if the said player has been injured, incapacitated, or ill and will not be able to perform his duties as a hockey player after having passed the team’s preliminary physical examination for that season.
  • Second, a player with an injury that prevents him from playing for at least seven days from the date the injury was incurred can be placed on the team’s Injured Reserve List. Once a player is placed on the IR list, the team may replace said player on its NHL roster with a player from the minors.
  • Third, a player who has been placed on the Injured Reserve List will not be eligible to compete in NHL games for a period of no less than seven days.

Players on the Injured Reserve List may attend team meetings and meals, travel with the team, and join their practice sessions.

Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR)

If a player has an injury that will prevent him from playing for at least 10 NHL games and 24 days in the NHL season, the team may place him on Long-Term Injured Reserve (LTIR), which can be used to exceed the salary cap.

Once a player is put on LTIR, the player’s cap hit stays on the team’s cap payroll. The club will not be given additional cap-space savings to be saved for use in the future. However, LTIR offers relief in case the club's averaged salary, or payroll, starts to go over the upper limit. How much relief the club will get is computed based on the date the player is put on LTIR.

Three equations can be used to decide how much LTIR relief will be given. The first, or basic equation, is used during the season and the off-season, while the second is the training-camp equation, which is used on the last day of the off-season in order to prepare for the first day of the following season. The third equation is used if the player is already on LTIR.

Once a player is cleared to play again, the team activates the player.

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