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Avs’ Bednar tests positive for COVID-19; Francouz out 3-4 weeks


DENVER, COLORADO - SEPTEMBER 30: Head coach Jared Bednar of the Colorado Avalanche watches as his team plays the Minnesota Wild in the second period at Ball Arena on September 30, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

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DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche coach Jared Bednar has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the next two preseason games against the Dallas Stars, the team announced Thursday.

Assistant coaches Ray Bennett and Nolan Pratt will take Bednar’s place on the bench, the team tweeted. The Avalanche play in Dallas on Thursday night and host the Stars on Saturday.

The Avalanche also will be without backup goaltender Pavel Francouz for approximately three to four weeks due to a lower-body injury. Francouz missed last season after having hip surgery.

Colorado opens the regular season Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.