Francouz (ankle) will be assigned to AHL Colorado on a conditioning loan, Peter Baugh of The Athletic reports.

Francouz hasn't appeared in a regular-season NHL contest in over a year due to lower body and ankle injuries, so he'll head to the minors to sharpen up his game before presumably returning to the big club. Once back with the Avalanche, Francouz will likely compete with Jonas Johansson for playing time behind No. 1 netminder Darcy Kuemper.

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