Our story on the online homepage looks at the reassignment of young forward Brad Malone, who will be replaced by veteran Alex Tanguay. That was filed this morning. Tanguay was among three Avs to skate today. Defenseman Nate Guenin, who is on the verge of recovering from an ankle injury, and center Matt Duchene also laced ‘em up. Everyone else had off-ice conditioning.

Tanguay has missed 36 games with knee and hip problems. He was cleared by a hip specialist in Vail to resume playing, just 2-3 weeks after acknowledging he was close to under season-ending hip surgery. His latest rehab has been smooth and he is scheduled to play Friday at Florida to begin a three-game trip.

“I’m just hoping to do my part. I know I can help this team,” Tanguay said. “I’m very nervous (but) anxious to get back playing. Certainly I will have some nerves in the next couple games.”

Tanguay said he suffered his knee and hip injuries on a collision behind net with Avs captain Gabe Landeskog. It was Nov. 2 and the Avs were playing one of Tanguay’s former teams, the Montreal Canadians. He was pushed into the boards by Habs defenseman P.K. Subban and ran into Landeskog. That night, the team said Tanguay suffered a knee injury. Later, Tanguay noticed his left hip wasn’t right either. He previously had surgery to repair his right hip — by the same Vail doctor who is working on him now.

“Just got caught in a bad position,” Tanguay said of the freak accident against Montreal.