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from the Denver Post,
When the Avs return to practice Thursday morning, they probably will be joined by their pricey left winger, Ryan Smyth.
Smyth, the team said Tuesday, is likely to return after making a speedy recovery from the scary hit he took March 1 in a game against Los Angeles. He suffered a concussion and slightly separated shoulder after being hit by Kings defenseman Jack Johnson into the turnbuckle near the Avs’ bench.
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added 2:46pm, from the Dallas Morning News,
Steve Ott was defiant in his defense of his hit on Colorado’s Jordan Leopold, which resulted in a three-game suspension today.
“I finished my hit. My one foot did leave the ice, but that’s because my other foot was planted. My right foot never left the ice,” Ott said. “I hit him shoulder to shoulder.”
from the Dallas Morning News,
Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott will receive a three-game suspension for his hit Sunday on Colorado defenseman Jordan Leopold, Stars co-GM Les Jackson confirmed Tuesday night.
Ott had a phone conference with NHL director of operations Colin Campbell on Tuesday, and Campbell is expected to announce the suspension today.
Watch the incident…
Adam Foote was able to join the Avalanche again tonight, after missing two games with a hip injury. But he left the game against Atlanta, with an injury to the same hip.
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…
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