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 Fri Dec 10, 2021
Bowen Byram - OUT - Head
Mon Dec 6, 2021
Bowen Byram | Byram (head) has traveled back to Denver and will not be available for the Avs' remaining two road games, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

Sat Dec 4, 2021
Bowen Byram | Byram (head) may not play Saturday at Ottawa after the Avalanche recalled Jacob MacDonald from AHL Colorado on Friday, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
Sat Dec 4, 2021
Bowen Byram | Byram (head) is not in the lineup Saturday versus the Senators, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Thu Dec 2, 2021
Bowen Byram | Byram (head) will not play Thursday against Montreal, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
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Expected Return unknown
Darcy Kuemper - DAY-TO-DAY - Upper Body
Not Specified
Mon Dec 6, 2021
Darcy Kuemper | Kuemper (upper body) won't be available versus Philadelphia on Monday, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

Sat Dec 4, 2021
Darcy Kuemper | Kuemper (upper body) won't be in the lineup for Saturday's game versus Ottawa, but he could return Monday against Philadelphia or Wednesday versus the Rangers, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Thu Dec 2, 2021
Darcy Kuemper | Colorado head coach Jared Bednar said Kuemper (upper body) will be monitored "over the next couple of days," Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
Wed Dec 1, 2021
Darcy Kuemper | Kuemper will be between the pipes against Toronto on the road Wednesday, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports.
Wed Dec 1, 2021
Darcy Kuemper | Kuemper (upper body) has been scratched from his scheduled start Wednesday versus the Maple Leafs, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
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Expected Return Tue Jan 4, 2022
Ryan Murray - IR - Lower Body
Mon Nov 29, 2021
Ryan Murray | Murray (lower body) will be sidelined indefinitely according to coach Jared Bednar, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

Sat Nov 27, 2021
Ryan Murray | Murray (lower body) won't return to Saturday's game versus the Predators, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
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Expected Return Tue Dec 14, 2021
J.T. Compher - IR - Upper Body
Mon Nov 29, 2021
J.T. Compher | Compher (upper body) has been placed on injured reserve, per the (NHL) media site, but could link up with the team during its five-game road trip, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

Mon Nov 15, 2021
J.T. Compher | Compher (upper body) is expected to miss approximately a month, per coach Jared Bednar, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Sun Nov 14, 2021
J.T. Compher | Colorado head coach Jared Bednar said Compher (upper body) "pulled something" and could be out a couple days "or much longer," Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
Sat Nov 13, 2021
J.T. Compher | Compher left Saturday's game against San Jose with an upper-body injury and will not return, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
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Expected Return unknown
Stefan Matteau - IR-LT - Leg
Sat Oct 16, 2021
Stefan Matteau | Matteau was injured in the first period of Saturday's game versus the Blues, and he couldn't put much weight on his right leg, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
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Expected Return unknown
Pavel Francouz - IR-LT - Ankle
Sprain
Sun Dec 5, 2021
Pavel Francouz | Francouz (ankle) stopped all 27 shots faced in a 4-0 win for AHL Colorado on Saturday.

Sat Dec 4, 2021
Pavel Francouz | Francouz (ankle) stopped 15 of 18 shots in a conditioning start for AHL Colorado on Friday, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
Wed Dec 1, 2021
Pavel Francouz | Francouz (ankle) has been sent to AHL Colorado on a long-term conditioning assignment.
Tue Nov 30, 2021
Pavel Francouz | Francouz (ankle) will be assigned to AHL Colorado on a conditioning loan, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Mon Nov 29, 2021
Pavel Francouz | Francouz (ankle) will join the Avs for their five-game road trip, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.
Tue Nov 23, 2021
Pavel Francouz | Francouz (ankle) remains out and will not suit up Wednesday vs. Anaheim or Friday at Dallas, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Sun Nov 21, 2021
Pavel Francouz | Francouz (ankle) was at practice and taking shots Sunday for the first time since getting injured, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Mon Oct 25, 2021
Pavel Francouz | Francouz (ankle) is still considered week-to-week but is progressing in his recovery, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Tue Oct 12, 2021
Pavel Francouz | The Avalanche clarified Tuesday that Francouz's lower-body injury is a sprained ankle, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Thu Oct 7, 2021
Pavel Francouz | Francouz is expected to be sidelined for 3-4 weeks with a lower-body injury, (NHL).com's Rick Sadowski reports. The 31-year-old netminder has also been placed on injured reserve.
Wed Oct 6, 2021
Pavel Francouz | The Avalanche are encouraged about the condition Francouz's lower-body injury, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.
Tue Oct 5, 2021
Pavel Francouz | Francouz is expected to protect the home goal in Tuesday's preseason game versus the Golden Knights, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.
Tue Oct 5, 2021
Pavel Francouz | Francouz left Tuesday's contest versus the Golden Knights with an apparent lower-body injury, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports.

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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