NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Thursday heard the appeal from Avalanche second-line center Nazem Kadri on the eight-game suspension he was assessed from the NHL Department of Player Safety on May 21, two days after Kadri delivered a check to the head of St. Louis defenseman Justin Faulk.
Avs coach Jared Bednar said the appeal was at its conclusion around noon Thursday.
There is no timetable for Bettman’s ruling. Kadri, who is practicing with the Avs, has served the first two games of the suspension, sitting out Games 3 and 4 against the Blues.
COVID concern. Avalanche depth forward Jayson Megna was added to the NHL COVID protocol list Wednesday. On Thursday, Avs coach Jared Bednar confirmed it was a positive test for the virus. However, Bednar said Megna tested negative on Thursday morning.
Megna remained on the COVID list Thursday afternoon when it was updated.
Three other NHL players are on the list — all three from the Vegas Golden Knights. Forwards Peyton Krebs and Ryan Reaves on Thursday joined defenseman Brayden McNabb.
GM Joe. Avs forward Andre Burakovsky had high praise for his boss, general manager Joe Sakic, who seemingly treats his players as close friends.
“He’s an unbelievable GM. Always there for the boys,” Burakovsky said Thursday. “He’s always chit-chatting, coming down, having a chat, have some fun with the boys. He’s always around. That’s good to see. A lot of GMs in this league are like stand(off-ish) and you don’t see them much. But Joe is really forward and really a part of the group. I really like that.”
Footnotes. The Avalanche on Thursday announced it signed 2019 seventh-round draft pick Trent Minor, 20, a goalie from Brandon, Manitoba. Minor played in six games for the AHL’s Colorado Eagles on an amateur tryout contract before returning to his major-junior team in Vancouver to begin the WHL season. Miner is the fourth Avalanche goalie under contract for next season, along with Pavel Francouz, Justus Annunen and Hunter Miska. Adam Werner and Peyton Jones are restricted free agents. No. 1 goalie Philipp Grubauer is a pending unrestricted free agent along with Devan Dubnyk and Jonas Johansson.
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