The Colorado Avalanche have announced that defensemen David Warsofsky and Andrei Mironov have been recalled from the San Antonio Rampage. The moves were made after the team announced that both Anton Lindholm and Erik Johnson will be out of the lineup indefinitely.
The two defenders each suffered an upper-body injury Sunday afternoon in a 4-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers. Lindholm is easily replaceable, but Erik Johnson currently site 5th in the NHL in TOI/ game - his loss will be a huge blow to the Avs.
Warsofsky’s call-up is his third recall to the Avalanche this season. The Marshfield, Massachusetts, native has 20 points in 44 games with the Rampage. He currently leads AHL defensemen in shots on net (140). The eighth-year pro has registered two goals and four assists in 40 NHL games between the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, and Avalanche.
Mironov has recorded nine points (1g/8a) in 25 games with San Antonio, while recording one goal and two assists in 10 games with Colorado.
The addition of two left-shooting defenders means that Tyson Barrie is now the only natural right-defenseman on the team. With such an unbalanced lineup, it seems unlikely that the Avalanche would move Barrie between now and next Monday's trade deadline, but stranger things have happened in the NHL.
One thing is for certain, this is far far from ideal: