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).

Pavel Francouz - Concussion
Francouz was held out of the last game with a concussion, and it is uncertain if he will be available against the Canucks on Saturday.
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-11-14 18:17:40
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-11-14 18:17:40
Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Concussion
Bellemare sat out the previous game due to a concussion, and it is unknown if he will pass protocol prior to Thursday's contest against the Oilers.
questionable - Ques Thurs
Updated 2019-11-12 17:26:19
questionable - Ques Thurs
Updated 2019-11-12 17:26:19
Philipp Grubauer - Lower Body
Grubauer has been designated for injured reserve with a lower-body injury, and it is undetermined when he will return to the crease.
I-R - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-11-11 15:36:09
I-R - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-11-11 15:36:09
Nikita Zadorov - Jaw
Zadorov has landed on injured reserve with a fractured jaw. It remains to be seen when he will return to the lineup.
I-R - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-11-10 15:58:51
I-R - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-11-10 15:58:51
Nathan MacKinnon - Upper Body
MacKinnon left the last game with an upper-body injury but is likely to suit up for Saturday's tilt versus the Blue Jackets.
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-11-08 12:36:00
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-11-08 12:36:00
Colin Wilson - Lower Body
Wilson has been placed on injured reserve with a lower-body injury, and he will miss an extended period.
I-R - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-11-07 18:23:25
I-R - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-11-07 18:23:25
Nikita Zadorov - Undisclosed
Zadorov is battling an unspecified injury, but it is likely that he will draw back into the lineup Friday versus the Stars.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-11-01 13:07:33
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-11-01 13:07:33
Gabriel Landeskog - Lower Body
Landeskog is on the injured reserve list with a lower-body injury, and there is no timetable for return.
I-R - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-10-29 15:37:19
I-R - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-10-29 15:37:19
Mikko Rantanen - Ankle
Rantanen has wound up on the injured reserve list with a left ankle injury, and there is no definitive timetable for return.
I-R - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-10-23 15:36:47
I-R - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-10-23 15:36:47
Nathan MacKinnon - Leg
MacKinnon is tending to a leg injury but is projected to lace up against the Lightning on Saturday.
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-10-19 08:11:42
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-10-19 08:11:42
Nathan MacKinnon - Leg
MacKinnon suffered a leg contusion the previous game, but he will play against the Panthers on Friday.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-10-18 15:40:50
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-10-18 15:40:50
J.T. Compher - Lower Body
Compher has been activated from the injured reserve list after healing from a lower-body injury, and it is projected that he will be activated for Wednesday's game against the Penguins.
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-10-16 14:38:42
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-10-16 14:38:42
Ian Cole - Hip
Cole has recovered from offseason surgery on his hips and is expected to make his season debut Monday against the Capitals.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-10-14 12:12:32
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-10-14 12:12:32
Joonas Donskoi - Undisclosed
Donskoi is tending to an undefined injury but is projected to face the Coyotes on Saturday.
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-10-12 18:07:09
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-10-12 18:07:09
Gabriel Landeskog - Undisclosed
Landeskog is expected to lace up against the Coyotes on Saturday despite dealing with an unspecified injury.
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-10-12 18:07:04
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-10-12 18:07:04
Colin Wilson - Shoulder
Wilson has sat out the previous two games recovering from shoulder surgery, but it is projected that he will play against the Bruins on Thursday.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-10-09 11:57:01
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-10-09 11:57:01
Valeri Nichushkin - Foot
Nichushkin is likely to be in Thursday's lineup against the Flames despite a minor foot injury.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-10-01 12:46:13
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-10-01 12:46:13
Cale Makar - Undisclosed
Makar is expected to suit up Thursday against the Flames despite a slight tweak to an unspecified location.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-10-01 12:36:23
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-10-01 12:36:23
Ian Cole - Hip
Cole has been placed on the injured reserve list due to offseason surgery to both hips and is not expected to return until sometime in December.
I-R - Mid Dec
Updated 2019-09-30 13:38:29
I-R - Mid Dec
Updated 2019-09-30 13:38:29
Erik Johnson - Shoulder
Johnson is on the mend from offseason shoulder surgery and is expected to be available for the season opener versus the Flames.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-09-27 06:00:57
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-09-27 06:00:57
Mikko Rantanen - Holdout
Rantanen has yet to sign a new contract. Per league rules, he has until Dec. 1 to sign or else he will be forced to sit out the entire season.
out - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-09-16 19:20:39
out - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-09-16 19:20:39
Nathan MacKinnon - Shoulder
Mackinnon left Wednesday's game due to a right shoulder injury and it is unknown if he will return.
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2019-05-08 18:28:38
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2019-05-08 18:28:38
Matt Calvert - Upper Body
Calvert has an upper-body injury and it is unclear if he will return Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2019-05-08 18:12:31
questionable - day-to-day
Updated 2019-05-08 18:12:31
Matt Calvert - Upper Body
Calvert is battling an upper-body injury but it is likley he will suit up for Game 4 of the Western Conference second round versus the Sharks.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-05-02 12:02:46
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-05-02 12:02:46
Derick Brassard - Illness
Brassard is dealing with an illness but is expected to be available for Game 1 of the Western Conference second round against the Sharks.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-04-25 16:53:42
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-04-25 16:53:42
Samuel Girard - Shoulder
Girard is dealing with a shoulder injury but is likely to be ready for Game 1 of the Western Conference second round against the Sharks.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-04-25 16:53:10
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-04-25 16:53:10
Semyon Varlamov - Rest
Varlamov is not expected to participate in Game 4 of the Western Conference first round as he is to be rested.
doubtful - Doub Wed
Updated 2019-04-17 13:24:02
doubtful - Doub Wed
Updated 2019-04-17 13:24:02
Semyon Varlamov - Rest
Varlamov is not expected to play in Game 1 of the Western Conference first round against the Flames as he is to be rested.
doubtful - Doub Thurs
Updated 2019-04-11 13:27:56
doubtful - Doub Thurs
Updated 2019-04-11 13:27:56
Mikko Rantanen - Upper Body
Rantanen has been out of commission due to an upper-body injury but is expected to return to the lineup against the Flames in Game 1 of the Western Conference first round.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-04-08 16:21:18
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2019-04-08 16:21:18
Conor Timmins - Concussion
Timmins has been designated for the non-roster injured reserve list due to concussion-like symptoms and will sit out the remainder of the season.
I-R - out for season
Updated 2019-04-07 08:38:41
I-R - out for season
Updated 2019-04-07 08:38:41
Vladislav Kamenev - Shoulder
Kamenev has been placed on injured reserve and is expected to miss an extended period after having shoulder surgery.
I-R - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-04-04 17:28:11
I-R - Out indefinitely
Updated 2019-04-04 17:28:11
Gabriel Landeskog - Shoulder
Landeskog has a separated shoulder but it is expected that he will return to action against the Coyotes on Friday.
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-03-29 13:35:43
probable - Prob Fri
Updated 2019-03-29 13:35:43
Matt Nieto - Lower Body
Nieto is sidelined with a lower-body ailment but is expected to return for Wednesday's game versus the Golden Knights.
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-03-26 12:31:09
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-03-26 12:31:09
Nikita Zadorov - Upper Body
Zadorov sat out the previous game due to an upper-body injury and it is unclear if he will draw back into the lineup against the Sabres on Saturday.
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-03-07 17:54:41
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-03-07 17:54:41
Semyon Varlamov - Rest
Varlamov is not expected to play Sunday against the Ducks due to a day of rest.
doubtful - Doub Sun
Updated 2019-03-03 12:49:22
doubtful - Doub Sun
Updated 2019-03-03 12:49:22
Ian Cole - Face
Cole has been placed on injured reserve due to a fractured orbital bone and it is uncertain if he will return Friday against Sharks.
I-R - Ques Fri
Updated 2019-02-28 16:04:33
I-R - Ques Fri
Updated 2019-02-28 16:04:33
Colin Wilson - Upper Body
Wilson has been activated from the injured reserve list after healing from an upper-body injury and is likely to return Wednesday against the Canucks.
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-02-27 15:43:29
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2019-02-27 15:43:29
Mark Barberio - Head
Barberio has been activated from the injured reserve and it is uncertain if he will return from a head injury Friday against the Blackhawks.
questionable - Ques Fri
Updated 2019-02-20 17:47:26
questionable - Ques Fri
Updated 2019-02-20 17:47:26
Erik Johnson - Concussion
Johnson is experiencing concussion-like symptoms but is likely to return to action against the Canucks on Saturday.
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-02-02 12:45:17
probable - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-02-02 12:45:17
Nathan MacKinnon - Foot
Mackinnon had an MRI conducted on his foot and it is undetermined if he will suit up Saturday against the Canucks.
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-01-27 12:57:50
questionable - Ques Sat
Updated 2019-01-27 12:57:50
Mikko Rantanen - Lower Body
Rantanen was removed from the last game as a precautionary measure for a lower-body injury. He is likely to play Monday against the Predators.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-01-20 11:23:53
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-01-20 11:23:53
Nikita Zadorov - Lower Body
Zadorov is sidelined with a lower-body injury but is projected to return to the lineup against the Maple Leafs on Monday.
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-01-14 11:09:29
probable - Prob Mon
Updated 2019-01-14 11:09:29
Mark Barberio - Upper Body
Barberio is on injured reserve due to an upper-body injury but is expected to return against the Canadiens on Saturday.
I-R - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-01-12 14:39:44
I-R - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-01-12 14:39:44
Colin Wilson - Shoulder
Wilson is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury but it is expected he will be activated in time for Saturday's game against the Canadiens.
I-R - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-01-12 10:50:47
I-R - Prob Sat
Updated 2019-01-12 10:50:47
Semyon Varlamov - Lower Body
Varlamov has sat out the previous two games due to a lower-body injury but is likely to be available against the Jets on Tuesday.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-01-08 14:36:03
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2019-01-08 14:36:03
Semyon Varlamov - Illness
Varlamov missed the previous game due to illness but will likely be available Thursday against the Golden Knights.
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2018-12-27 14:34:14
probable - Prob Thurs
Updated 2018-12-27 14:34:14
Alexander Kerfoot - Upper Body
Kerfood has missed the last three games with an upper-body ailment but is expected to return Wednesday against the Canadiens.
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2018-12-18 13:29:09
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2018-12-18 13:29:09
Tyson Barrie - Lower Body
Barrie sat out his fourth-consecutive game with a lower-body injury but is likely to return Tuesday against the Penguins.
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2018-12-03 13:11:37
probable - Prob Tues
Updated 2018-12-03 13:11:37
Matt Nieto - Lower Body
Nieto missed his second-straight game with a lower-body injury but is likely to play Wednesday against the Kings.
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2018-11-21 17:19:42
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2018-11-21 17:19:42
Colin Wilson - Lower Body
Wilson sat out the previous game due to a lower-body injury but is likely to be in Wednesday's lineup against the Kings.
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2018-11-20 15:09:51
probable - Prob Wed
Updated 2018-11-20 15:09:51

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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