Zadorov will be back in the lineup for Saturday's road game against the Devils, The Denver Post reports. There were questions about how long Zadorov might sit out as a healthy scratch having reported to training camp late and out of shape, but it appears the stocky blueliner will have only missed Opening Night -- Thursday's 4-2 road win over the Rangers. It's not clear if coach Jared Bednar was trying to send the Russian a message, but we're guessing Zadorov knows he needs to step up after recording a mere 10 points (all assists) and a minus-20 rating over 56 games last year.
Zadorov will be scratched from Thursday's road opener versus the Rangers, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports. Having had a late start to the preseason due to visa issues, Zadorov likely needs more time to get into game shape. The imposing defenseman -- he's 6-foot-5, 230 pounds -- went scoreless against 10 helpers and a minus-20 rating in 56 games with the Avalanche last season, but it's not as if he was in a good position to succeed as Colorado slumped through its worst season in franchise history.
Zadorov (personal) was present at the Avalanche's facility Thursday, indicating he has resolved his visa issues, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports. Zadarov's late arrival in town was likely due to the delay in signing a new deal ahead of the season. With his visa all squared away, the defenseman could join his teammates as soon as Friday to start getting ready for the 2017-18 campaign. The 22-year-old averaged just 19:02 of ice time last year, but he's expected to slot into the top pairing alongside Erik Johnson, which should result in a significant uptick in minutes. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, Zadorov hasn't scored a goal since 2014-15 with Buffalo, so you probably shouldn't be hanging your hat on his ability to provide offense from the blue line.
Zadorov has yet to report to camp as he squares away his immigration status, Mike Chambers of The Denver Post reports. Zadorov -- who signed a bridge deal with Colorado on Friday -- was one of the final restricted free agents to secure a new contract. Unfortunately, those delays held up his ability to get a work visa. As a result, it seems doubtful the blueliner will be in the lineup Tuesday versus the Golden Knights, but suiting up Thursday against the Stars might be a possibility. Regardless of when he joins the team, Zadorov should be ready in time for Opening Night.
Zadorov inked a two-year contract extension with the Avalanche on Friday that's worth $2.15 million annually, Piere LeBrun of TSN reports. Although Zadorov frequently brings the boom to the ice, with just 10 points in 56 games last season and a career-high mark of just 15 points, he hasn't proven useful from a fantasy standpoint beyond his physicality. Still just 22, the youngster has displayed some offensive promise in the minors, but there's nothing suggesting he will blossom at the NHL level this season on a lackluster Avalanche squad.
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