Stastny to Undergo Surgery Avalanche Center Will Have Procedure Done Tuesday Craig Stancher Dec 28, 2008, 2:48 PM EST
Following Sunday’s practice at Family Sports Center, Avalanche head coach Tony Granato updated the media on the injury status of center Paul Stastny.
The third-year pro will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a fractured right forearm, and a timetable for his return will be announced following the procedure. Stastny suffered the injury during Tuesday’s 5-4 win over the Phoenix Coyotes at Pepsi Center after being struck by an Olli Jokinen shot.
“We’ll know more on Tuesday the length of how long he’ll be out,” said Granato, who hinted that the club was still hoping for the original estimation of a six-to-eight week recovery period.
In other injury news, forward Cody McCormick did not skate with the team today. It was revealed that McCormick has a fractured foot and had actually been playing through the injury recently.
“He got hit with a shot a few games back,” said Granato. “He’s going to be reevaluated by a doctor tomorrow, but we kept him off today.”
McCormick has missed the past two games. He hasn't played a game since he logged just 7:39 of ice time in a 3-0 loss to the Florida Panthers on December 21, 2008.
This leaves the Avs with just 12 healthy forwards on the active roster. The same article also says that Brian Willsie is now skating on his own. But, who knows how close he is to returning.
Forward Brian Willsie skated on his own this morning prior to the team’s official practice…Willsie – who has one assist in seven games this year – injured his knee in Colorado’s previous game against Nashville (Dec. 4) and is still listed as out indefinitely.
I wonder who the Avs might call up from Lake Erie. Philippe Dupuis was their most recent call up. I'd like to see what Per Ledin could do. I heard that he was injured earlier in the season when the Avs wanted to call him up. I don't know what his status is. I'd also like to see what Nathan Smith can do. He's a former first round draft pick that fits the mold of a checking line/penalty killing center. And we all know that the Avs could use some depth down the middle.