(Material used in this story was provided by BSN Denver’s Jesse Montano, who is in Stockholm and obtained this first-hand)

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – Samuel Girard is the one player acquired in Sunday’s blockbuster Matt Duchene trade who will actually play for the Colorado Avalanche, starting Friday against Duchene and the Ottawa Senators.

To say that the last week has been a bit hectic for the 19-year-old defenseman would definitely be an understatement.

Yeah, for sure like, you know the last couple days was busy.” Girard told BSN Denver. “You know – with travel, new team, new teammates, new organization; but I’m good, I think, in my place here. And I’m very happy to join this Colorado organization.” 

Girard is expected to be paired with Tyson Barrie against the Senators. He practiced some with Erik Johnson, too, but Mark Barberio will start the game paired with him.

“I think that’s the path we’re going with.” Barrie told BSN Denver, “Obviously, we still have to get physical and play hard in the D-zone and stuff but, you know, if you can move and move the puck, you know, jump up into the play and help create some offense from the back end, I think that’s a big part of today’s game.”

“I’m just ready to be a part of that group, and we are pretty excited to play tonight,” Girard said, at the morning skate.

Here are the lines and D pairs for the game, which starts at noon MST:

Rantanen – MacKinnon – Landeskog

Yakupov – Kerfoot – Andrighetto

Comeau – Compher – Nieto

Grimaldi – Wilson – Bourque

DEFENSE

Barberio – Johnson

Girard – Barrie

Zadorov – Bigras

GOALIES

Varlamov

Bernier

Tyson Jost participated in the morning skate, but will not play. Carl Soderberg remains in Denver to be with his expectant wife and will not travel to Sweden for either game.

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.

  • -9C

    Girard is awesome! Nifty play to get Landy the puck to get the MacK whiff/goal. All around
    high IQ player, with hops to his game. We win the trade!!!

  • cokes

    Girard is definitely a great acquisition. He looks like a potential Calder Trophy winner already!

  • Charlie Anderson

    Sakic and we win hard homies! Anyone else notice how Girard was +1 and had a point (that he totally created), and the Sens top line center was -1 no points? I wonder what’s up with Kamanov and Bowers too. Also those other top 3 draft picks… Sakic and that McFarland guy are the fucking men. Anyone else seriously starting to wonder how much of the Avs problems over recent years were Roy induced? Cuz I am.

    • If you look at Sakic’s worst moves, they mostly seem to be to bring in the kind of guys Roy liked. Brad Stuart, Beachemin, Iginla, Soderberg, Colborne, Tyutin
      Or were based on the idea that the Avs were ready to win at the time (Boedker etc..), which was also something Roy certainly supported.

      Being the guy with the GM title, Sakic definitely should be criticized for those moves, but I think the time since Roy quit is a much better example of Sakic’s actual ability as a GM than what came before.