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PTO again: Avs give Glencross a shot


If at first your PTO does not succeed, try again. The saying goes something like that, right?

The Toronto Maple Leafs cut Curtis Glencross from his tryout on Sunday, but he didn’t need to wait long for another opportunity, as the Colorado Avalanche gave him a PTO today.

Granted, this would be more of a feel-good story if the 32-year-old received a guaranteed contract rather than having to jump through more hoops, but at least it shows that he wasn’t without a chance for very long.

As far as the Avs go, this might prove to be quite an impediment for fellow PTO invite Jack Skille:

Glencross discussed his recent challenges as a father of three with TSN this past weekend:

“You just like to have something set in stone so you can get your family back together and get back to what you’re comfortable with in everyday life,” says Glencross, who has a four-year-old, three-year-old and six-month-old. “But right now the focus is trying to make this hockey club and doing what I can to do that right now.”

It’s tough not to pull for the guy to at least land a full-time gig.

Report: Skille to join Avs’ camp on PTO


After spending part of the 2014-15 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, it appears Jack Skille is headed to Colorado.

According to Mike Chambers of The Denver Post, Skille, who has been taking part in informal skates with Avs’ players, could join Colorado for training camp on a professional tryout.

The former first-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks (7th overall in 2005) appeared in 45 games with the Blue Jackets last season scoring six goals and two assists.

Skille has appeared in 239 career NHL games with the Blackhawks, Panthers and Jackets scoring 30 goals and 61 points.

Related: Chicago reportedly gives Jan Hejda a tryout

Jackets’ Skille to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

Jack Skille’s season is over. The 27-year-old Columbus Blue Jackets winger will undergo shoulder surgery next week, the club announced today.

Skille, a pending unrestricted free agent, will finish 2014-15 with six goals and two assists in 45 games. He logged an average ice time of 12:31.

The seventh overall pick in the 2005 draft, Skille signed a one-year, two-way contract with the New York Islanders on July 1, but was claimed off waivers by the Jackets in October.

Agent ‘waiting to see’ if Jackets will trade Letestu


Interesting name that could surface as we draw closer to the Mar. 2 trade deadline: Mark Letestu.

The 30-year-old center, in the last of a two-year, $2.5 million deal, doesn’t know if he’ll be back with the Blue Jackets next season and, given their playoff chances are currently between slim and none, Letestu could net some assets in a trade.

“We’ve had talks to say that, basically, we should have talks,” Letestu’s agent, Alain Roy, told the Columbus Dispatch. “There’s pretty much been nothing there. I’m trying to figure out what the team is going to do. I don’t suspect they’re going to make the playoffs at this point.

“So are they going to start moving guys? I’m kind of waiting to see, to be honest with you.”

While his current campaign hasn’t been all that impressive — missing significant time after abdominal surgery — Letestu has played well since coming over from Pittsburgh during the 2011-12 campaign. He actually led the team in goals (with 13) during the lockout-shortened ’13 campaign and was a key contributor during last year’s successful regular season, scoring 34 points while appearing in all 82 games, averaging 14:41 TOI per game.

In the club’s opening-round playoff loss to Pittsburgh, Letestu’s role increased (16:51 TOI) and his prowess in the faceoff circle proved vital for the Jackets.

Because of that — and the need for centers across the NHL — Letestu could be a commodity come trade deadline day. What’s more, the Jackets don’t really have much else to dangle; just four other players are UFAs at season’s end (Curtis McElhinney, Jack Skille, Brian Gibbons, Jordan Leopold) and none would have the same market value.

Uh-oh, Johansen might be injured for Columbus, too

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Columbus Blue Jackets injury updates almost feel as routine as breakfast in the morning, yet Ryan Johansen’s been able to avoid such a fate. At least, until now.

Johansen skipped Monday’s practice and is questionable for tonight’s game against the Detroit Red Wings, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

“We’ll see how he feels (this morning),” Head coach Todd Richards said. “He’s got a little bit more (than soreness). We’ll know more (today).”

The good news is that it sounds like the 22-year-old’s issue isn’t serious, at least from what can be parsed from cryptic NHL injury updates. Richards told the Columbus Dispatch that he’s “banged up” and that the issue shouldn’t be long-term.

The Dispatch makes a guess at when he might have been injured:

Johansen slammed his left shin into the goal post during the third period of a 2-1 win over San Jose on Saturday after being tripped and slipping to the ice during a mini-break.

He got up, appeared to skate off the pain and was back for his next shift.

Not a whole lot has gone right for Columbus so far in 2014-15, yet Johansen hasn’t shown any rust since missing most of the preseason as his contract talks went south.

He has 20 points in 17 games played in making an empathic argument that his breakout 2013-14 season was a sign of big things to come (rather than a fluke).

While the Blue Jackets are getting healthier – Matt Calvert and Jack Skille practiced on Monday, for example – losing Johansen would hurt as much as any bruising moment so far. We’ll see if he can play tonight, although Columbus may be wise to play it safe with its rising star.