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from All Things Avs,
Never have I encountered a more mystifying person and player than Forsberg. As soon as you feel like things are going to be fine with him, something always pops up. That’s why I was surprised for about, oh, a tenth of a second last night when Avs Vice President, PR man and Official Voice of the Avalanche, Jean Martineau, told me Forsberg wouldn’t play because of a groin issue.
Here’s what I think might be the case: Forsberg wasn’t going to play all along last night. But rather than just say he was too tired to play, they said he had a groin pull.
Why they would do that, though, if that’s the case, doesn’t make a lot of sense. Why get the fans all worried - as they always are about No. 21 - by saying he’s hurt again?
more on the Avs…
via the Rocky Mountain News,
Though not entirely unexpected, this is an ominous sign.
Three games into his Colorado comeback, Avalanche forward Peter Forsberg sat out Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Stars because of a groin injury.
added 8:32pm, Also, Adam Foote is missing his 2nd game due to a sore hip.
Brenden Morrow was skating along the boards, interfered with by the Avs Jeff Finger and taken into the glass partition between the benches. Finger gets 2 for interference, Morrow gets stunned and was down on his knees for a few minutes while being treated by the Stars trainer.
Morrow is back on the ice, after missing a few shifts.
from All Things Avs,
The Ducks are going to do a lot of things tonight that I’m sure will have the wine-and-cheese crowd at the Pepsi Center getting up out of their seats for the rare occasion in protest. Guys like Corey Perry and Chris Pronger are going to cross check Peter Forsberg in the back, or give some kind of shot to Paul Stastny or Milan Hejduk. They will either be penalized by the referees or not, but if not, there will be a lot of howling and whining about the injustice of it all. And if that happens, then I guarantee you the Ducks will win the game tonight.
from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,
He was Peter the Very Good.
The Avalanche was great.
Afterward he had a grin that couldn’t have been removed with a hammer and a chisel.
“Every morning since I got to Denver, I wake up smiling and looking out at the sunshine. Definitely, it’s great to be back,” Peter Forsberg said.
“And I played OK.”
It was as if he never left.
fro Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
As John Belushi said to Dan Aykroyd in “The Blues Brothers”: “We’ll put the band back together, win a few games, get some points. Bang! Make the playoffs!”
The real characters in this story are not “Joliet Jake” and Elwood Blues, “Blue Lou” Marini, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and the rest of the group.
They are Avalanche stars Joe Sakic, Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Teams make hard financial decisions all the time. I would never begrudge Howson the right to do that here. If the Jackets don’t want Foote at $4 million a year on a two-year deal, so be it.
Everyone moves on and they all live happily ever after.
But to pick up a newspaper or watch Hockey Night in Canada and read and hear an implication that Foote is a fraud who deviously orchestrated his own exit from Columbus, that he never had any intention of re-signing in Columbus, well, that is, at the very least, offside.
At worst, it’s character assassination.
added 7:37pm, from Rob Oller at the Columbus Dispatch,
Just be thankful Foote’s departure didn’t destroy the team’s playoff chances. Honestly, trading him to the Avalanche actually could help the CBJ’s cause.
If true that Foote threatened to quit on his teammates if the franchise didn’t move him before last Tuesday’s trade deadline, then better to be rid of him than risk poisoning the dressing room with his pessimism. Especially during this period of unparalleled optimism.
more on the Blue Jackets…
The Colorado Avalanche took a dual hit on the injury front Monday.
The team learned that forward Ryan Smyth suffered a concussion after his collision with the padded partition near the Avalanche bench. He will not be able to exercise or return to the ice until he is symptom free. He also suffered a minor shoulder separation remains sidelined for an indefinite period of time.
The news got worse for Colorado as Marek Svatos was diagnosed with a torn ACL that will require surgery and sideline the forward for the remainder of the season.
via All Things Avs,
Just sitting around here waiting for some official word from the Avs on Smyth’s scary injury from last night. But a person I talked to with some knowledge of the situation says Smyth’s left shoulder - not his head or neck - might be what causes him the most problems.
added 6:48pm, from All Things Avs,
The Avs are going to announce soon that, while Smyth’s head and neck checked out well on CAT scans, the left shoulder is likely separated - but things will be officially known in the coming days.
Translation: he’s got a shoulder separation, at least. I’ve also been hearing about a possible broken collarbone - the most commonly broken bone in the human body.
As for Svatos, the Avs are saying the full extent of his left knee injury will be known in the coming days.
added 6:51pm, The official word from the Avalanche…
from the Denver Post,
“He’s huge,” said Per Karlquist, chairman of Denver’s Swedish American Chamber of Commerce. “He’s second to the king.”
So who’s third? Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom maybe?
“No,” Karlquist says. “The queen.”...
“He’s the Michael Jordan of hockey,” said Chris Fuselier, owner of the Blake Street Tavern in LoDo and an original Avs season-ticket holder. “This is one of the three most exciting things to ever happen to the Avs — when they traded for Patrick Roy and Ray Bourque, and now bringing Forsberg back. They had become a nonstory, but things are going to be hopping now.”
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