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via the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that further medical evaluation on the injured right ankle of forward Ryan Smyth revealed a fracture and that he would be out approximately eight weeks.
“The fracture was discovered following additional medical tests which included an MRI exam,” said Avalanche Head Trainer Matthew Sokolowski. “We expect him to make a full recovery.”
from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,
That was the worst loss of the season for the Avs tonight, and there could be some hell to pay. I’m not saying Joel Quenneville is in immediate danger of losing his job, but a second straight loss to the Coyotes - and fourth overall, third straight at home - is going to put the heat on.
I don’t care if Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth were out of the lineup tonight. That was an abysmal loss, characterized once again by an Avs team that didn’t come out ready to play, had to play catchup, then let up and ran out of gas after they’d finished tying it up….
Let there be no doubt: a terrible loss, one that could have repurcussions. And I don’t want to hear any injury excuses either.
via the Denver Post,
The Avalanche again will be at the mercy of a doctor’s prognosis today, when the condition of one of Ryan Smyth’s ankles will be determined. Early indications, however, are not good.
Smyth needed help from two Avalanche teammates to get from his locker stall to another room following Monday night’s 4-3 shootout loss to Phoenix.
If Smyth is out for an extended period of time, the Avs may need to start looking for some scoring help.
added 5:13pm, The Avs have called up T.J. Hensick.
added 6:16pm, From TSN:
The Avalanche received some good news regarding forward Ryan Smyth Tuesday as X-rays on his injured ankle came back negative. He has been diagnosed with a sprained ankle and is out indefinitely.
from Pierre LeBrun of Sportsnet,
A panic trade is not in the cards for the Colorado Avalanche after losing veteran star centre Joe Sakic for eight-to-12 weeks following his hernia surgery.
“Anytime you lose a good player it’s a blow but every team goes through that,” Avalanche GM Francois Giguere told Sportsnet.ca on Friday. `“You never expect to go through an entire season without losing good players to injury. This gives other players on our team a chance to step up and show what they can do.
“So as far as making a move from the outside (a trade), we’re always looking to improve our team. But this is going to be a good chance for our youngers players to show what they have.”
via the Colorado Avalanche,
Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Joe Sakic will undergo hernia surgery. He will be sidelined approximately eight to 12 weeks.
“Joe’s rehabilitation has not progressed as anticipated and upon further evaluation the decision has been made to perform surgery in order for him to fully recover,” said Avalanche Team Physician Andy Parker.
“After consulting with the doctors we believe this procedure will enable me to return to the lineup,” added the Avalanche captain.
added 8:38pm, link now available at the Avs website…
from the Rocky Mountain News,
“Oh, I know all about it,” said Smyth, who skated at practice Wednesday with his usual linemates, Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk. “I know that some things went on in the past, but I think the game has changed quite a bit since then.”
Most of the antagonists responsible for violent episodes have either retired or are playing for other teams.
“But this game has always been a fans’ favorite to go to,” defenseman John-Michael Liles said. “The emotions are always revved up. I think some of these games in the past got a lot of people into hockey.
more & it sounds like Sakic is not making any improvement and will not play tomorrow.
from James Mirtle,
It’s from this secret location, somewhere in northern California, where this strange creature spends his days pumping out all sorts of wacky hockey-related numbers for our perusal.
And it’s a good thing, too. Because, more and more, I’m stopping by his site to look at what certain players are up to.
Desjardins’s latest concoction is a look at shots on goal at even strength, something that tells us Alex Ovechkin leads the way with 103.
Talking about shots on goal… via the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche combined for 32 shots last night, with each team taking 16. That’s the lowest combined total in Blue Jackets franchise history. The previous record was 35 set twice.
from the Denver Post,
“There’s no question that people in Quebec still follow this team,” said Goulet, who retired as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1994 and joined the Avalanche front office shortly after team moved to Denver.
“There’s no doubt in my mind. I still receive letters and cards, and there still are fans in Quebec who follow whatever we do here. We’re here for a reason. There was a team in Quebec City. At the end, it was struggling a little bit, but we had a good franchise when it came here, and we’ve had a tradition for the last 12 years here.”
And now the franchise is at a mille victories and counting.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
Some days, they’re in a playoff spot. Some days, they’re out of it, period.
“I think we’re a ways away from finding out how good we are,” Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said this week. “I don’t think we’ve had any consistency at the top of our game to clarify that identity and find out how good we can be. We’ve had some stretches where we’ve been good and sporadic games where we’ve been at our best. It’s still a motivation to be able to capture that at a consistent level.”
Some of the Avalanche’s problems, but not all of them, can be laid at the crease of goalies Jose Theodore and Peter Budaj, who have been so-so at best and often worse.
From the CP via TSN,
The Colorado Avalanche activated forward Ian Laperriere from the injured reserve list Wednesday. He missed nine games after suffering a knee injury during a game on Nov. 11 against Minnesota.
*numerous other Avalanche players are still having injury/illness issues however, including Joe Sakic
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