The Avalanche assigned Gelinas to AHL San Antonio on Friday. The Avalanche waived Gelinas last Thursday, but decided to keep him with the big club after he went unclaimed. Tyson Barrie (lower body) has missed Colorado's last three games, but he appears to be nearing a return to game action, so the Avs are no longer in need of Gelinas' services as a seventh defenseman. The 25-year-old blueliner will likely remain in the minors unless Colorado is once again in need of reinforcements on the blue line later this season.
The Avalanche waived Gelinas on Thursday, Mark Spector of Sportsnet.ca reports. This move suggests Erik Johnson (leg) may be nearing a return to game action. The Avalanche may opt to keep Gelinas with the big club if he passes through waivers unclaimed, but with just one assist in 26 games this season, the blueliner remains safely off the fantasy radar in all formats.
Gelinas has just a lone assist in 23 contests this season. Often a healthy scratch, the rearguard has suited up for 10 of the Avs' last 13 games, but has failed to hit the scoresheet since Nov. 1 -- 20 games ago. With an average ice time of 11:35 and no redeeming statistical qualities, Gelinas is about as irrelevant as they come with regard to fantasy.
Gelinas is a healthy scratch Monday against Vancouver. The rearguard suited up for the last four games but will again head to the pressbox after failing to record a point during that span. In fact, Gelinas has just a single assist in 17 games this season while averaging a paltry 12:17 of ice time for one of the league's worst teams, so it doesn't appear he'll be relevant for fantasy purposes anytime soon.
Gelinas remains in the NHL despite being placed on waivers, Terry Frei of The Denver Post reports. The move to waive Gelinas appears to have been strictly for roster flexibility as he has not been reassigned to the minors. Looking forward, the defenseman could find himself a regular healthy scratch.
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