The battered, bruised Avalanche looked to the NHL's waiver wire Tuesday for some help.
Colorado claimed right winger Aaron Palushaj on waivers from the Montreal Canadiens. Palushaj, 23, could play for the Avs on Wednesday night against the Anaheim Ducks if he passes a physical in the morning.
Palushaj played 38 games with the Canadiens last season, scoring one goal with four assists. He was the 44th player selected in the 2007 NHL draft by the St. Louis Blues, but his pro career has been spent mostly in the minors.
"He's a guy that's put up some good numbers in college and in the American (Hockey) League, but hasn't had a real good opportunity yet in the (NHL)," Avs coach Joe Sacco said. "With the adversity we're facing right now with some injuries, he gives us some more depth up front."
Palushaj, from Livonia, Mich., and from an Albanian family heritage, starred at the University of Michigan from 2007-09. With Montreal's AHL team, the Hamilton Bulldogs, he averaged close to a point a game his first two seasons before getting a chance with Montreal last season. He did not make the Canadiens out of training camp this year and was placed on waivers.
In 21 games with Hamilton this season, he scored three goals and 10 points. He is considered a speedy forward, at 5-foot-11, 187 pounds, but a player who has yet to prove he can excel in front of the net and in the corners.
The Avs, who hope to get back to the .500 mark against the red-hot Ducks at the Pepsi Center, likely will get winger David Jones back to the lineup after he missed two games with a knee injury. Jones practiced Tuesday and said he felt great afterward.


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