The Avalanche are encouraged about the condition of Francouz's lower-body injury, Adrian Dater of Colorado Hockey Now reports.

Dater is quick to point out that this is not an official report; he expects head coach Jared Bednar to deliver the team's official word Thursday. It's worth nothing, though, that Bednar confirmed that the injury is unrelated to the hip surgery that sidelined Francouz all of last season.

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