View Full Version : Merry Christmas Everyone!...Stastny out with fractured forearm

12-24-2008, 03:23 AM
Grim post-game news from the Pepsi Center here. Paul Stastny broke his right forearm blocking an Olli Jokinen shot in the final minute of regulation here.
Hes out indefinitely.
Sorry, Av-Aholics. The Avs cannot sustain a loss of Joe Sakic AND Stastny for weeks.


12-24-2008, 05:42 AM
Sakic, Svatos, Salei, now Stastny. Last year, it was Sakic, Smyth, Stastny, Svatos, Sauer and Skrastins.
All of the above Avs S-Men have suffered some serious injuries in the past 12 months, but tonight was a real killer.

Thanks to Brett Clark’s penalty with 1:33 left in regulation (and I’m not throwing Clarkie under the bus for causing Stastny’s injury here, just stating a fact), Stastny had to do penalty-killing duty with the Coyotes on a 6-on-4, and because of that, he was in the way of Olli Jokinen’s big slap shot that fractured his forearm.

This means that Tyler Arnason is your new No. 1 Avalanche center, folks. If that doesn’t drive up the alcoholism rate among the die-hard fan base reading here, I don’t know what will.

And keep in mind folks: Francois Giguere can’t try to make any kind of trade until Sunday at the earliest, because of the NHL’s annual Christmas “trade freeze.”

Yes, maybe a quart of Jim Beam in your egg nog Thursday will be an understandable act, Avs fan.

Broken forearms usually take 4-6 weeks to heal, but we don’t know yet what the official prognosis is for Stastny - who, of course, was just reaching his stride this season with some terrific hockey in the last couple of weeks before the injury.

Word came down well after the game that the forearm was broken, so I couldn’t get much player and coach reaction, other than a cell communication with Adam Foote. Suffice it to say Footer spoke for the entire team when saying “we’ll miss him.”

Now the Avs are a team entering Christmas without its top two centers. Arnason was your second-line center tonight, and he came in with two goals in 30 games. One of the goals came in Dallas after Marty Turco muffed a play behind his net and watched Arnie take a feed from Ryan Smyth and shoot into a totally vacated net. The other goal came in garbage time of a home loss to Columbus.

What are the Avs going to do? There will almost certainly be a trade of some kind, but how big remains to be seen. A lot of teams could use a puck-moving, two-way defenseman, and the Avs have at least two they could dangle. Brett Clark is the most obvious candidate, but a couple of factors are working against him and the Avs if they hope to get a quality center in return. First, Clark’s goal tonight was just his second of the year, and fifth point. FIVE points, for a guy who averaged 32 points per year in his first three with the Avalanche. And, he’s still getting around 23-25 minutes a night, so it’s not like he hasn’t been playing.

Second, he’s making a pretty nice ticket, at $3.5 million this year and next. With the country in a practical depression and some teams scared about making payroll next year, Clark could be too expensive for a bunch of them.

Jordan Leopold and John Liles are the other two trade candidates, but if I’m a big Avs fan, I would hate to see either of them go in a forced-hand trade. Both are young and have too much upside to let go in a panicky deal to fill a hole at a position where you figure to get one top player back this year, and hopefully the other.

Liles showed tonight what an asset he can be, scoring the tie-breaking goal late in a game in which a big play was needed. Yeah, his offensive production has been a bit disappointing so far, especially on the power play, and, yeah, the Avs probably overpaid to re-sign him last summer. But I’d still be very hesitant to deal a guy like him in a stress-related move.

Let’s face it, even with Sakic and Stastny, the Avs probably aren’t a Cup-contending team. There’s still the issue of goaltending (Raycroft was awful tonight, by the way, and his 6-1 record is starting to resemble the hockey version of the year Lance Painter won 17 games for the Rockies with a sky-high ERA).

There’s still the issue of the completely un-clutch, milquetoast, “quit driving-us-all-crazy-with-that-vacant-stare, I-look-like-I-don’t-give-a-damn” look to Arnie on and off the ice. I think the thing that really drives fans nuts about Arnie, other than his lack of tangible statistical production, is that distant look he seems to have at all times.

People just want to see something from him. Get in a fight. Scream at the ref. Stick a glove in a guy’s face. Scream at me in the locker room. Hell, I’ll take one for the team, I don’t care. Show some emotion out there, I think you want to say to him. Am I right? And the thing is, I don’t think Arnie just loafs out there. He does seem to make the effort out there. It’s just that there’s nothing other than the minimum it seems like.

Anyway, the loss of Stastny is just a killer. He’s a legitimate stud player, and he has carried much of the offensive load of late.

Maybe one call Giguere might be making soon is to a certain Swede, with an opening question being something like, “Hey, how’s that foot feeling, Peter Forsberg?”

By the way, I have it on good authority that Forsberg was at a party the other night in Denver, and that he was telling a few people there that his right foot “feels better than it has in five years.” One eyewitness said he was even wearing cowboy boots. People with really sore feet don’t usually put them on.

If Forsberg’s foot is good again, will his back be strong enough to carry for a few weeks a team without its top two centers?

12-24-2008, 03:53 PM
first :faint:
then :mad:
and finally :drunk:

This is like last year all over again, and this may force a deal as the article says. If I had to move an 'impact player', it would be Leopold. He is playing great, but is a health risk. Liles should spend his career here, period. Tjarnqvist is plenty good to be a starter.

12-24-2008, 05:11 PM
k seriously TO do we need spell check for you?

12-24-2008, 06:33 PM
hey i did it late at night..and i do have spell check on firefox it just doesnt work on thread titles

12-24-2008, 06:52 PM
that damn simpsons movie must have kept you up late
that movie shouldnt have been made..and the simpsons should've ended 10 years ago with some respect and pride

12-24-2008, 07:04 PM
then i watched larry the cable guys christmas special

12-28-2008, 08:23 PM
Paul Stastny will have surgery Tuesday. Avs say they’ll know more then just how long he should be out, but we’re probably looking at 6-8 weeks here.
Also, it was revealed today that Cody McCormick has been playing with a stress fracture in a foot and will be out a while. I’ve seen McCormick walking around with ice bags on the foot after games at times, but they said it wasn’t anything serious before. Guess it was.