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from the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has activated forward Joe Sakic from the Injured Reserve list. He will be available to play in tonight’s game against the Edmonton Oilers.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Wasn’t it interesting that season-ticket holders were told that if they committed to renew for next season by Friday — or four days before the trading deadline — they will pay regular-season prices for their seats in this year’s playoffs ... if the Avs make it?
That means the Kroenke Sports folks already have at least a hint of how much their season-ticket base might further diminish for next season. And maybe about how desperate they want Giguere to be as he seeks a means to strengthen the Avs’ chances of just making the playoffs, which might stem a bit of the bleeding.
On Tuesday morning, the Avs still will be at least mathematically in the running for a postseason berth. They still should make a run at Hossa.
more NHL trade speculation from Frei…
from the Denver Post,
Despite word that Ryan Smyth will return to the Avalanche lineup tonight, Wednesday wasn’t a good day for medical news.
Workhorse defenseman Brett Clark might miss the rest of the season because of a dislocated shoulder, and Paul Stastny did not practice because of a groin injury.
Clark was the Avalanche’s minutes leader, and Stastny its leading scorer. Nothing seems to get any easier for the team already among the most banged-up in the NHL.
from the AP via NHL.com,
Colorado’s top three forwards - captain Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny - are back on the ice.
Sakic went through a light skate before practice Monday. He’s recovering from hernia surgery.
Smyth is coming back from an ankle injury and Stastny from an appendectomy. Both participated in practice and took contact. For Smyth, it was his first ice time since he was injured on New Year’s Eve.
Stastny, the team’s leading scorer with 49 points, has been practicing and could return soon. He’s listed as questionable for Tuesday night when the Avs play Anaheim at the Pepsi Center.
Coach Joel Quenneville said Smyth could return to action this week.
From Rick Sadowski at the Rocky Mountain News,
Avalanche center Paul Stastny practiced for the second day in a row this morning and said he felt fine, but he won’t play tonight against the San Jose Sharks at the HP Pavilion.
But Stastny, who underwent an appendectomy Jan. 17, is optimistic about returning to the lineup for Saturday’s game in Vancouver against the Canucks.
“Hopefully, after I skate for two more days, I’ll be ready Saturday,” he said. “It doesn’t feel any different, to tell you the truth. It feels good. Everything is good. I don’t feel any different than I did before I had the surgery.”
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
It’s possible we could soon witness the final month or two of Sakic’s marvelous career. He’s still rehabbing a serious injury, one that has made skating impossible for weeks now, and he’ll be 39 in five months. There are some around the longtime captain who hint this could be it if his body doesn’t respond.
If that is the case, just in case, get your tickets now for the Avs’ final home games. If this season is the end for Sakic, it’ll probably be a long time before we see someone of his kind again.
But if I were a betting man, I’d say we’ll see more of No. 19 beyond this year. Don’t forget: The next Winter Olympics are in his hometown of Vancouver, and Sakic would dearly love to play on one last Canadian team in front of friends and family.
more on Sakic…
From Terry Frei at ESPN,
Just when you think it’s safe (or advisable) to write off Theodore… He rallies.
Just when you think it’s time to say he’s got his groove back… He falters.
That’s not all that dissimilar to the pattern of his tenure with the Canadiens, but now he’s a 31-year-old goalie trying to save his career.
The guy has more goaltending lives than Felix “The Cat” Potvin.
from the Denver Post,
The Hurricanes continue to be looking over Avs defender John-Michael Liles, an unrestricted free agent after this season. Carolina has made no secret of its desire for a puck-carrying, offensive defenseman. Liles, however, is suffering through the worst season of his young career, with two goals and 18 points in 48 games coming in.
Scouts from the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals also were in attendance.
more on the Avs…
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
On a couple of levels — stylistic and strategic — the Avalanche at least temporarily has become what the organization used to belittle.
With Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny on the injured list, this is the way the Avalanche probably has to play to remain afloat.
The Avs are not only playing Columbus and Minnesota, they’re becoming Columbus and Minnesota.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
News: Big jump to first place comforting and vexing (Denver Post)
Views: Yes, that was the Colorado Avalanche in first place in the Northwest Division this morning.
That the Avs have been able to even hang in the Western Conference race with long-term injuries to Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny qualifies as one of the feel-good stories of the season so far.
And go directly to the head of the class and collect a gold star if you predicted they would do it with Jose Theodore in goal.
It’s probably a stretch to suggest Theodore is actually worth his $5.3 million cap hit – after all he’s got a ton of making up to do – but there is little doubt Theodore is playing his best hockey in years.
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