Colorado Avalanche prospect AJ Greer was suspended six games after Saturday’s game against the Milwaukee Admirals. Greer will not be eligible to return until the Eagles face the Texas Stars on November 9th.
It’s been a rough three months for Colorado Avalanche prospect AJ Greer. On July 7th, AJ Greer and Columbus Blue Jacket Sonny Milano, were arrested in New York City for alleged assault. Greer luckily, was not required to be present for his court date on September 4th, and it has been since reported that the charges against him were more than likely to be dropped.
Greer signed a 1 year, two way contract, with the Colorado Avalanche on August 1st after a strong season in the AHL where he put up 44 points in 54 games. In his three years as a Colorado Avalanche prospect, Greer has struggled to find his place in the organization.
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After a promising performance in preseason, where Greer found chemistry with linemates Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Matt Calvert and Matt Nieto, I was hopeful that he was finally finding his place within the organization and maybe he had a chance at finally making the roster.
Greer was placed on waivers and assigned to the Eagles on September 29th. He has had a very underwhelming start to the season with zero points in five games. With the frustration of not making the Avalanche roster and a slow start to the season, it felt like only a matter of time until Greer reverted back to old habits and gave the Colorado Avalanche front office yet another reason to keep him in the AHL.
During Saturday night’s game against the Milwaukee Admirals, Greer received two fighting majors and three game misconducts for a total of 40 penalty minutes, with his first fight coming less than two minutes into the second period. Greer received a five minute major for fighting and was sent to the penalty box.
Before he had served any time on his penalty, Greer left the penalty box and started a fight with Admiral’s defenseman, Jarred Tinordi.
Greer was handed a six game suspension after his actions in Milwaukee, and now has 44 penalty minutes in the first five games of the season. This was a major setback for the Colorado Avalanche prospect, and sparks conversation on whether or not Greer’s days in Colorado are numbered.
It’s going to be tough for Greer to come back from this and remain with the Colorado Avalanche organization. But one thing is for sure, Greer better keep his head down and stay out of the headlines for the foreseeable future.