Ok, that’s not true. Right now the hockey world is aflutter with the idea that Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby somehow managed to get arrested for speeding in Ottawa, Canada, while training with Matt Duchene and others at a hockey camp in Vail, Colorado. Just how fast was he going? (Crosby, not Dutchy — we know how fast Dutchy can go.)
However, the Czech hockey world at least is aflutter. The Brno Komets website reported on August 29, that Vincour was leaving them for greener pastures — or Colorado pastures, anyway. This morning fellow fansite Mile High Hockey reported on Twitter that Vinvour signed a two-way deal with the Avalanche worth $600,000.
So, Tomas Vincour in Colorado Avalanche colors?
Vincour has played in 88 NHL games over the course of three seasons — almost as many as Tyson Barrie — plus an additional 39 with the KHL in the Czech Republic:
|2010-11 Dallas Stars||24||1||1||2|
|2011-12 Dallas Stars||47||4||6||10|
|2012-13 Dallas Stars/Colorado Avalanche||17||2||2||4|
|2013-14 KHL Ak Bars Kazan||39||6||5||11|
During his two games with the Avalanche, Vincour earned one assist. His numbers were far more impressive with the Lake Erie Monsters: 5 goals, 11 assists in just six games.
According the the Brno Komets website, apparently the Colorado Avalanche organization was sniffing after Vincour:
“In the evening, I called the manager of Colorado, who wanted to sign me, and the next day he sent the contract. To be honest, I did not expect it.”
Most likely Vincour is invited to Avalanche training camp for a chance to try out for the team. However, at best he’ll be kept back as a possible 15th forward since the Avalanche already have 14 signed, not counting Joey Hishon or my favorite outlier prospect, Borna Rendulić, from Croatia. Far more likely, Vincour is headed to Lake Erie to make some more magic with them.
Vincour did score against the St. Louis Blues while still with the Dallas Stars — and we always approve of such shenanigans: