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Injury To Smyth May Be His Shoulder

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…

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  Tags: ryan+smyth

Foppa Fever

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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  Tags: peter+forsberg

More Foote Talk

from Adam Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

According to numerous NHL sources, Foote threatened to be “a bad teammate, a bad captain and a bad player” the rest of the season if he weren’t re-signed or traded to his preferred destination—the Colorado Avalanche, where his best NHL years were spent.

The Blue Jackets made a final plea, urging Foote to consider all that the Blue Jackets’ ownership group, the coaching staff and the fans had done for him the past three seasons.

Again, according to sources, he responded by saying that he “doesn’t owe anybody anything.”


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  Tags: adam+foote

Something Is Wrong Here

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

The fact Smyth’s brains got scrambled in the second period was reason enough for Colorado teammate Ian Laperriere to seek out Johnson to inflict some vigilante justice.

“I did what I had to do,” said Laperriere, who admitted he was only following the code of hockey. “I told (Johnson) at some point he was going to have to fight someone.”

But although both men put up their dukes later in the game, the fight never erupted, because L.A. veteran Rob Blake stepped in and made peace before the first punch.

And true to the caveman logic that rules the NHL, Blake was promptly given a two-minute penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct.


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Ryan Smyth Taken Off The Ice

Jack Johnson of the Kings rode Ryan Smyth into the boards, and his head met the glass partition that starts at the end of the bench.

Smyth was out cold but did come to and he was talking while being strapped down to a body board.

screen shot added at 9:56pm... (below)
added 10:04pm, via TSN,

In the lockeroom after the hit, Smyth was conscious and walking. He was being taken to hospital for tests.

video added 10:41pm... (below)

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  Tags: injury, jack+johnson, ryan+smyth

New (Old) Avs Can Play

from the Rocky Mountain News,

Contrary to what you may have heard, this is not just a reunion weekend.

“I think a fan’s perspective is probably about recapturing the glory days, but for me, those are guys that know how to win, know what it takes,” said forward Andrew Brunette. “They’re very effective hockey players and real good additions to our hockey club.”

This is the most intriguing part of general manager Francois Giguere’s trade deadline splashes, but also the part that makes them susceptible to attack. It is easy, particularly from a distance, to dismiss the homecoming of Forsberg and Foote as a marketing maneuver. There’s no denying the Avs needed one.


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Played By Foote

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Thoughts that have remained dormant for years have worked to the front of my brain this week. Wisps of memory have emerged, unbidden, and they’re telling me that we’ve all been played by Adam Foote, that he is not the leader of men that he purported to be, and not just because he quit the Blue Jackets….

Lesson No. 1: Foote said he put his Dublin house on the market last summer because he wanted to “downsize.” What he didn’t say was he was hunting for a smaller house in the greater Denver area.

Lesson No. 2: Foote professed shock that he was traded to the Colorado Avalanche—yet he rigged the game for just this outcome.

Here’s what we know:

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  Tags: adam+foote

Like The Good Old Days

from Woody Paige at the Denver Post,

These are not the good old days of the Avalanche, but they are the good-news days for the Avs.

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and their Hole-in- the-Wall Gang are riding together again, some for the first time.

Nobody knows how the season will skate out, but the fun’s about to begin.

Get my swan costume ready. I feel the thrill.


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Adam Foote to Avalanche

Sportsnet is reporting “breaking news” that Adam Foote was been traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the Colorado Avalanche.

TSN has also been mentioning this trade.  More details to follow at TSN.

Update 1:06pm ET: Pierre McGuire on TSN is now stating that he believes Foote was acquired for a first round pick.

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Salei to the Avalanche

According to TSN, Florida Panthers have sent Ruslan Salei to the Colorado Avalanche for Karlis Skrastins and a third round pick.

No link available yet. More soon.

Updated 12:28pm ET: TSN link

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