Three NHL players were placed on waivers Friday morning. Duncan Siemens was one of the three.

While it does not necessarily mean the end of his fraught career with the Avalanche organization, it is another obvious setback for a player who went 11th overall in the 2011 NHL draft. Unless he is claimed by another team within a 24-hour period from the time he went on the waiver wire, he could go back to the minors.

Coach Jared Bednar, though, would not say that a demotion to San Antonio is a sure thing just yet. Siemens did practice with the club Friday, and by placing him on waivers, Bednar said the move gives the team some “flexibility”, which might mean claiming another player on waivers.

Training camp and the preseason just didn’t seem to go as well as Siemens had hoped. While he played a physical game, questions about his quickness and decision-making remain.

Siemens’ loss might turn out to be Chris Bigras’ gain. Bigras might have clinched a roster spot with a strong preseason finale Thursday night in Las Vegas, getting two assists in a 4-2 Avs victory.

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“It was a good night for him again. His trajectory over the last week or so has gone in the right direction,” Bednar said. “Made a real nice play on the (Tyson) Jost goal last night. He’s doing some good things out there.”

NOTEBOOK

  • Bednar, while he didn’t come right out and say Nikita Zadorov reported to camp in bad shape, did say Friday that the young Russian defenseman is not where he wants him to condition-wise.When you miss a good portion of training camp, that’s tough. I think he’s put himself behind the 8-ball a little bit here,” Bednar said. Zadorov spent Friday’s practice skating with fellow Russian Andrei Mironov.
  • Erik Johnson, Nathan MacKinnon and Semyon Varlamov all were given the day off from practice.
  • Forward Joe Colborne (back) skated with the team, albeit in a non-contact jersey.
  • Rookie Tyson Jost said the groin issues that gave him some problems early in camp have gone away. Jost skated mostly on a line with Matt Nieto and Gabriel Bourque at practice.
  • Goalie Jonathan Bernier (groin) did not practice.
  • The Avs will practice Saturday, take Sunday off and be back at practice Monday through Wednesday of next week before boarding a flight to New York, with the regular-season opener set for Thursday night at Madison Square Garden against the Rangers. Does the long break between the end of the preseason to opening night concern Bednar? “No. We’ve got a lot of work to do,” he said.

 

Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater is a staff writer with BSNDenver. He started his journalism career way, way back in 1988 as a proofreader with the Concord Monitor as a kid out of college (Keene State College), and has wended its way since with a 25-year stop at The Denver Post, 20 of which were spent as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche, from its inception in 1995. Adrian has also worked as a primary hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, The Hockey News, Versus.com and Bleacher Report. He is the author of seven sports books, including the best-selling "Blood Feud: Colorado Avalanche v. Detroit Red Wings, The Inside Story of Pro Sports' Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era" and "100 Things Avalanche Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die", which was published in October, 2016.

  • Charlie Anderson

    AD do you know who else was put on waivers? I wonder if a big Z/Mironov pairing could work. Use them as a shut down line for other teams top lines?

    • WorkingMan

      That D-man combo would help too since Mironov still can’t speak english. It certainly would help with communication. It just depends on if Bigras or Lindholm can handle time with EJ.

      • Charlie Anderson

        I was thinking about that too. With Varly back there as well you can kiss the communication issue goodbye. Dude needs to just learn English though. I know if I went to live in a foreign land it would be high on my list of priorities, like, right at the top.

        • WorkingMan

          I agree and I’m sure the team and Russian vets will be doing a lot to help him out with the language. Russia is an odd place and very different culturally from America. Not only is there a language issue, but there are cultural differences, the game is played different and he’s still a young kid trying to adjust to all of these things at once. I don’t think young russian players get enough credit for dealing with the culture shock that coming to North America entails. There are some good articles on the Players Tribune about this especially the Kuznetsov- How we play in Russia article. It’s worth a read. Another good one is by Ryan Whitney – Tales from Abroad: Russia from the other point of view.

          • Charlie Anderson

            For sure man, I’ve worked with Russians and my mom is from Yugoslavia, back before it split. I think that culture shock and adjusting to the NHL versus KHL is not helping his game, which is a good sign because he’s already been if not on par, at least close to par with the other good young Avs D prospects coming into the lineup. That is exactly why I think Mironov IS going to be a NHL player, and possibly even a pretty good one. Not sure if he’ll ever be top pairing, but it’s going to be fun watching to find out.

  • DNVR

    When you miss a good portion of training camp, that’s tough. I think he’s put himself behind the 8-ball a little bit here. When you miss a good portion of training camp, that’s tough. I think he’s put himself behind the 8-ball a little bit here,” Bednar said.

    • Adrian Dater

      Fixed

      • DNVR

        At first I thought I was having a stroke hahah. Thanks for the hard work. Nice article

  • Jose

    What are your thoughts about Nieto? I was not that impressed with him in the game against Vegas.