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from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
OK, here’s my prediction of something soon regarding the Avalanche: they will make a BIG pitch to Peter Forsberg IF IF IF he decides he can play again this year. That decision should come soon. I’m not hearing anything overly negative about his latest condition, so it might happen.
Here’s why the Avs will make a big pitch if he wants to play: First, he’s still Peter Forsberg. Second, the Avs are DESPERATE for some offensive punch right now. Third, the Avs need to get some buzz back with their fans and sell some tickets.
from Terry Frei at All Things Avs,
...but I think it’s clear now that the Avs have a pair of backup goalies — at best. (I know a lot of fans believe Theodore is short of that.) For a long time, this has been the pattern: When they play solid games, the sort you expect from bona fide NHL goalies, many of us (including me) overreact, treating that showing as potential harbingers. And the next thing we know, the goalie in question looks in his next start as if he’s the weak link.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
At the height of the Avalanche-Red Wings rivalry, East Lansing, Mich., native T.J. Hensick wasn’t yet a teenager.
His family had Detroit season tickets, and while dreaming of one day wearing the winged wheel on the Joe Louis Arena ice, Hensick was in Darren McCarty’s corner — so to speak — during McCarty’s avenging encounters with Colorado winger Claude Lemieux.
So when Hensick plays his first NHL game at “The Joe” on Tuesday night, it might feel a bit strange for a millisecond or two. He plays for Colorado, which will be opening a five-game trip against the Red Wings.
from the Rocky Mountain News,
After 41 games, the Avalanche is neither a woebegone pretender nor a powerhouse contender but instead somewhere in between. Colorado is 22-16-3, eighth in the Western Conference.
“I think our record’s a pretty fair assessment of our play,” forward Andrew Brunette said. “We’ve gone through stretches that we’ve played very well and other stretches we haven’t played very good.
“I still think we have another level that this team hasn’t gotten to. We show glimpses of it, but when we’re all healthy and we get going, I think we have another level to go to instead of just being in the middle of the conference.”
from Ryan Kennedy at the Hockey News,
Without a serious goaltending pedigree in town, Colorado’s playoff hopes – which looked practically radiant in the summer – now fall on the shoulders of one happy-go-lucky fellow: Paul Stastny.
Sure, the Avs get solid contributions from the likes of veterans Andrew Brunette and Milan Hejduk, but it is Stastny who leads the team in points by a wide margin (44 to Hejduk’s 30) and Stastny who has the highest ceiling for stardom.
from All Thing Avs by Adrian Dater,
The fact is, the Avs embarrassed themselves over their latest injury news, regarding Ryan Smyth. The Avs put out the word that X-rays were negative on Smyth’s ankle. They get a sigh of relief from their fans. A day later, they said, ‘Uh, never mind, the ankle is actually broken. He’ll be out eight weeks.’
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.”
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