Veteran forward John Mitchell will not travel with the Colorado Avalanche on their upcoming four game road trip, head coach Jared Bednar has confirmed.
Mitchell missed Colorado’s season opener against Dallas on Saturday due to a hip injury and is now set to miss their games against Pittsburgh, Washington, Tampa Bay and Florida this week.
He had ten goals and 21 points in 71 games for the Avalanche last season, taking his career totals to 67 goals and 170 points in 483 NHL games for the Maple Leafs, Rangers and Avs since he was drafted 158th overall in 2003.
Mitchell is entering the final year of the three year deal he signed with the franchise in 2014, worth an average of $1.8 million per season. He originally joined Colorado as an unrestricted free agent in 2012.
Bednar also confirmed that goaltender Calvin Pickard would also get his first start of the season on Monday against the Penguins.
The 24-year-old went 7-6-1 for the Avalanche last season, posting a 0.922 save percentage. He signed a new two-year, $2 million contract this summer.
Semyon Varlamov is slated start against his old club Washington on Wednesday when the Avs visit the Verizon Center. The Russian made 23 saves against the Stars in a wild 6-5 win in Bender’s first game as Colorado head coach.
The Avalanche continue on to Florida at the end of the week, taking on the Lightning on Thursday before facing the Panthers next Saturday. They then have a five day break before taking on Divisional rivals Winnipeg at the Pepsi Center on Friday Oct. 28.