The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - March 12th, 2014

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Chris Stewart is likely done for the year. This link is a round-up, as such there is video of Peverley and the Stars bench - video does not start automatically.

Forward Chris Stewart, recently acquired by the Buffalo Sabres in the trade that sent Ryan Miller to the St. Louis Blues, will likely miss the rest of the regular season with an ankle injury.

Stewart was hurt last week against the Tampa Bay Lightning after playing just two games for the Sabres. He's been seen wearing a boot on his right ankle.

"Stewart doesn't look good right now," Sabres coach Ted Nolan told the Buffalo News. "There are only five weeks left in the year and his injury is four-to-five weeks."

The Sabres, 19-37-8 on the season, are a longshot to make the playoffs so the injury could be season-ending. Stewart, 26, has 15 goals and 11 assists in 60 games but no points with the Sabres.

Sad news - police have found the body of Terry Trafford in his vehicle. Condolences to his family, friends and teammates.

The body of missing OHL forward Terry Trafford was discovered in a truck in Michigan where the Toronto native played for the Saginaw Spirit.

Team officials confirmed that the 20-year-old was discovered by Michigan State Police Tuesday afternoon. He was last seen March 3.

An officer driving through a Walmart parking lot in Saginaw Township saw a vehicle matching the description of Trafford’s and found him dead inside. A cause of death was not immediately available.

There are proposed changes for faceoffs.

What to look for:

  • A proposal to move the hashmarks aside the offensive zone faceoff circles from three feet apart to five, in an effort to clear up congestion. "Less b.s.," as Islanders GM Garth Snow said Monday, a quote so useful it must be recycled.
  • A proposal to change the way faceoff "cheaters" are dealt with. Now, the offender is kicked out of the circle, but too many GMs feel that's being used as a delay tactic, to rest tired teammates. Instead, the guilty party would be forced to move back between 12-18 inches (still to be decided), making it harder to reach for the puck. A second violation would remain a penalty.
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