• Koci Cut From Tryout With Jets

    News: David Koci was released as a Jets tryout Friday, the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
    Analysis: David Koci is versatile, as he's capable of playing left wing and defense. However, the Czech native is virtually non-existent from an offensive standpoint, having accumulated only four points in 142 career games between the Blackhawks, Lightning, Blues and most recently, the Avalanche.
  • Avs' Koci Switches From LW To D

    News: Koci has been alternating between left wing and defense the past couple of games, and will likely man the blue line Tuesday against St. Louis, the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: The need for Koci to switch to defense stems from the number of wounded blueliners the Avs currently have, including Adam Foote (leg), John-Michael Liles (concussion) and Cameron Gaunce (hand). Fortunately, Koci has had some previous experience as a defenseman, primarily with Tampa Bay in 2008-09. Unfortunately, this doesn't have much of an impact on Koci's fantasy value, which is already quite low due to his negligible offensive skills as well as his tendency to be a healthy scratch most nights.
  • Koci Sent Off In Avs' Loss

    News: Koci amassed 15 penalty minutes, including a game misconduct, in Colorado's contest against Edmonton on Saturday, giving him 56 PIMs for the season.
    Analysis: As enforcers go, he's not bad on a per-game basis. The problem is the number of games; this is just his 24th game of the season. If you're looking for a goon on the Colorado roster, Cody McLeod (149 PIMs in 54 games) is your man.
  • Avs' Koci Returns to Lineup

    News: Koci played his first game of the season on Tuesday against Atlanta, but was used sparingly, seeing only 3:03 of ice time.
    Analysis: Koci had been a healthy scratch the last couple of weeks after recovering from a broken jaw suffered during the preseason. He mainly plays an enforcer's role for the Avs, and probably won't get significantly more ice time than he saw on Tuesday. He's usually a pretty good source for PIM's when he does hit the ice, but he just doesn't play enough to make him a good fantasy option.
  • Avs' Koci Could Play Monday

    News: Koci (jaw) will be available for Monday's game against St. Louis, the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: Koci's broken jaw, suffered during the preseason, has reportedly healed to the point where Avs coach Joe Sacco now feels comfortable using him in a game situation. He may not suit up Monday to face the Blues, but either way should be back in uniform soon. Koci's fantasy appeal lies exclusively in the PIMs category, so use him sparingly.
  • Avs' Koci Could Return From Jaw Injury Next Week

    News: Koci (jaw) is roughly a week away from returning to the lineup, the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: Koci sustained a broken jaw in a preseason tussle. Physically, he's as tough as nails, but hopefully he still has the same will to throw down once he finally recovers from the jaw injury. After all, penalties are the name of the game for Koci - nothing else.
  • Avs' Koci Could Return to Practice Later This Week

    News: Koci (jaw) could be back at practice later this week, reports the Denver Post.
    Analysis: Koci does not offer much fantasy value outside of the PIM department, so don't get too hung up waiting for his return.
  • Avs' Koci Still Recovering From Broken Jaw

    News: Koci (jaw) skated before practice Wednesday with a shield to protect his jaw, according to the Denver Post.
    Analysis: Koci is still at least a few weeks away from rejoining the team. Even after he returns, he will not be an everyday player as Avs coach Joe Sacco will use him only when he needs some extra muscle in the lineup.
  • Avs' Koci Out With Jaw Injury

    News: Koci will be out several weeks with a jaw injury, the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: Koci suffered the injury during Wednesday's preseason game in a fight with the Kings' Kevin Westgarth. Koci will only ever help you in the PIM department, so make sure you have a good alternative lined up for the start of the season.
  • Koci returns as healthy scratch

    News: The Avalanche have taken forward David Koci off injured reserve. He has not played since Feb. 8 since breaking his hand in a fight. He was a healthy scratch on Sunday against the Sharks.
    Analysis: Koci will draw back into the lineup once Colorado needs some added muscle to the lineup. But he is mostly a checking-line presence and flier in leagues that reward heavily for PIM.