The addition of Alex Galchenyuk could not have come at a better time for the injury-riddled Avalanche. The forward signed a one-year contract on Monday and will make his season debut in Winnipeg on Tuesday.

Galchenyuk, 28, attended training camp on a professional tryout but was cut after suffering a knee injury. Avs coach Jared Bednar said at the time that the team would revisit when he was healthy. Galchenyuk joined the Colorado Eagles on an AHL PTO early in November after completing his recovery, scoring three goals and recording seven points in as many games.

His contract is worth the league minimum, $750,000, according to TSN’s Chris Johnston.

During camp, Galchenyuk developed chemistry with center Alex Newhook and winger Evan Rodrigues. With the latter injured, Galchenyuk will likely be paired with Newhook once again. The third member of the line could be one of Dryden Hunt or recent call-up Jean-Luc Foudy.

Foudy, 20, is slated to make his NHL debut on Tuesday. He was drafted No. 75 overall by Colorado in 2020 and has already appeared in 117 games with the Eagles, currently in his third season. Through 18 games this season, Foudy has five goals and 14 points.

He had just 26 points in 65 games a year ago.

Aarif Deen is our Colorado Avalanche beat reporter. He covers Avs games live from Ball Arena and attends practices, media availabilities and other events pertaining to the Avs on the daily beat. He is also a co-host of Hockey Mountain High: Your go-to Avalanche Podcast. Deen joined Mile High Sports upon completing his bachelor’s degree in journalism and master’s in business administration from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Before Mile High Sports, Deen worked as the assistant sports information director for the Michigan Wolverines Athletics Department.
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