Seemingly not satisfied with just one round of roster cuts on Wednesday, the Colorado Avalanche trimmed another four players from the roster this afternoon. Edging closer to their regular season limit, the cuts are starting to become more difficult, as three of these players were with the Avalanche all of last season; two of whom’s tenure stretched even beyond that.
Forward Marc-Andre Cliche has spent each of the past two campaigns with the Avalanche after being claimed off of waivers from the Los Angeles Kings during the preseason of 2013. In 74 games last season, the 28-year-old scored two goals and seven points. He has three goals and 14 points in 150 total games for the Avalanche.
Enforcer Patrick Bordeleau played in just one game for the Avalanche last season, fracturing his kneecap during his first game back from an injured back. After several years in their minor league system, the 29-year-old spent the past three seasons on the Avalanche roster. In 129 career NHL games, he has eight goals, 16 points and 185 penalty minutes.
Defenseman Zach Redmond signed with the Avalanche as a free agent in the summer of 2014. In 59 games last season, he scored five goals and 20 points. In 77 career NHL games with the Avalanche and Winnipeg Jets, he has seven goals and 27 points.
The team also released defenseman Andrej Meszaros from his professional tryout contract. He has been dealing with a leg injury all preseason. Last season, he scored seven goals and 14 points in 60 games for the Buffalo Sabres. In 645 career games with the Sabres, Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Ottawa Senators, the 29-year-old from Slovakia has 63 goals and 238 points.
Cliche, Bordeleau and Redmond will all now report to the training camp of the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage. All three were on one-way contracts. The Colorado Avalanche’s roster now stands at 26 people. It must be down to 23 by the start of the regular season.