Avs Players Take Ice As They Wait For NHL Season

January 8, 2013 4:01 PM

Avs Players Take Ice As They Wait For NHL Season
" ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) – After 27 hours of exhausting travel as he made his way from Italy to Denver, Matt Duchene was ready for only one thing – hockey.

Soon after landing back in town, the Colorado Avalanche forward made his way to the rink.

Expect anything different?

Even in his jet-lagged condition, Duchene was on the ice with 16 of his buddies for an up-tempo scrimmage Tuesday. Most of the players were teammates for the Avalanche but Montreal goaltender Peter Budaj and Detroit defenseman Kyle Quincey were out there as well.

Because to them, it didn’t matter so much who was on the ice, but more that they were back on the ice. And very soon, they could be lacing up their skates in games that count again.

Not that Avs goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere ever thought anything different, despite the lockout dragging on for months before a tentative agreement was recently reached.

“All along, I figured it would be way too risky for the league to miss a full season again,” said Giguere, who made quite a few nifty saves Tuesday in front of a crowd that included just three fans. “So, I was optimistic in that sense "

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