Now it's just piling on.
Sure enough, despite earlier reports that his injury wasn't serious, it is now confirmed that Ryan Smyth will miss eight weeks of the season with a broken ankle.
We lose two star players to long-term injuries at the same time, the team goes into free fall after a few good wins (again) and it's almost abandon ship time.
I think we can all agree that this season isn't going to be as great as well all hoped and expected. The Avs are still in fine shape to make the playoffs, but a deep run is pretty doubtful with the way they've been playing lately.
The season's only half over, though. I suppose the situation could improve.