News:Calvin Pickard was recalled from AHL Lake Erie on an emergency basis.
Analysis:Calvin Pickard will be available to serve as Semyon Varlamov's backup Sunday, with Jean-Sebastien Giguere missing the team's game against the Blue Jackets for personal reasons.
News:Calvin Pickard was sent back to AHL Lake Erie on Monday, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: The Avalanche had been carrying Calvin Pickard as an extra goalie while Jean-Sebastien Giguere was away from the team to tend to his terminally ill mother. Giguere is expected to leave the team again within the next two weeks to spend more time with his mother, providing a window for Pickard to rejoin the Avalanche on a short-term basis.
News:Calvin Pickard was recalled from Lake Erie to join the Avalanche on Friday, the Avalanche's official twitter reports.
Analysis: Jean-Sebastien Giguere left the team for personal reasons and the Avalanche decided to execute an emergency recall to add Calvin Pickard as a backup net minder. Pickard has very little NHL experience and for the time being is just a placeholder for Giguere.
News:Calvin Pickard joined the AHL Lake Erie Monsters on Tuesday after his junior team, the Seattle Thunderbirds, failed to make the WHL playoffs, according to the Denver Post.
Analysis:Calvin Pickard, a second-round draft pick of the Avs in 2010, finished his WHL season with a 25-37-2 record, a 3.59 GAA and a .906 save percentage. He will need to post better numbers than that if he wants to see any time with the big club next season.
News:Calvin Pickard was reassigned to his WHL junior team Friday, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis:Calvin Pickard, 19, will rejoin the Seattle Thunderbirds as their top goalie. Pickard gave up two goals on eight shots in Thursday's preseason game against St. Louis. His demotion leaves the Avs with three goalies Semyon Varlamov, J.S. Giguere and rookie Trevor Cann.
News: Pickard is expected to sign a three-year contract with the Avs on Friday, the Denver Post reports.
Analysis: Despite agreeing to a pro contract, Pickard has one more year of junior eligibility left and he will likely spend next season in the junior ranks. Pickard, selected in the second round (49th overall) in the 2010 NHL draft, has a 27-33-8 record this season for Seattle of the Western Hockey League, with a 3.36 GAA and .916 SV%.