DO NOT CLICK THE ABOVE LINK IF YOU ARE HAVING A GOOD DAY AND/OR WANT TO COMPLETELY FORGET ABOUT THE SEARING PAIN AND UTTER HEARTBREAK THAT WAS LAST SEASON.
However, for anyone interested, I just came across this really great anlysis of the finalized 2010-11 Man Games Lost to Injury stats that also had a few other categories built in. Here are some of the "highlights":
-As expected, the Penguins "win" for losing players of the most worth (they took each player's cap hit, divided it by 82, then multiplied it by games lost to injury). Our dear Avs came in 7th in that category, probably because our overall cap hit was so much smaller than most of the other teams.
-However, when it comes to average minutes lost per game to injured players, the Avs came in at a whopping 101:58. Basically, that's like taking FIVE 20:00 a night guys (so guys like Stastny) out of the lineup for every single game over the course of the year. Even though that's not what happened, it gives you a sense of how nasty things got. Only the Islanders had more at 184:27 (probably had something to do with their injured goalie). The average was only 57:45, right around half of what we had. The team with the least was Carolina, who only lost 11:58 per game.
-Of the top 15 players in the league that lost the most time to injury (average time on ice x games lost), Colorado had 3. Mueller lost 1462:20, Cumiskey lost 1237:57, and Quincey lost 1193:34. Add those up, and they we lost 3893:51 on just them. That's 47% of our total 8361:16 minutes lost.
-Good news! (if you can call it that). This blogger also looked at how many times the organization was vague about what kind of injury it was - you know, when they use the descriptive "Upper/Lower Body Injury" label or something like that. Of the 46 injuries the Avs sustained (2nd in the league behind the Capitals with 52), they were upfront about all of them and were the ONLY team in the league to do so. So, well, I guess there's that.
And now that I've completely ruined everyone's day, I would like to remind you that sacrifices to the hockey gods to make sure this doesn't happen again are welcome at any time.