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Theodore practices with Avs for first time

DENVER -- New Avalanche goaltender Jose Theodore
participated in his first full practice with the team Tuesday, a
key step in his recovery from a broken heel.

Theodore was in full pads and took part in the entire practice,
team spokesman Damen Zier said. No estimate has been made on when
he will play his first game for Colorado, though the team has said
he would be 100 percent for the playoffs.
"He said every day's better than the one before," Zier said.
Theodore was traded by Montreal on March 8 for Avalanche goalie
David Aebischer. He has not played since fracturing his right heel
while putting salt on the ice outside his Montreal home during the
NHL's Olympic break.