Colorado LW Jamie McGinn underwent successful back surgery on Wednesday, but that might be it from the good news department:
McGinn, 26, has been sidelined since mid-November with his back ailment. Prior to getting hurt, he’d appeared in 19 games for the Avs, scoring four goals and six points while averaging 14:46 TOI per game.
Losing McGinn was a fairly significant blow for Colorado. He had a very solid ’13-14 campaign, scoring 19 goals and a career-high 38 points while playing nearly 16 minutes a night. McGinn was also a key contributor in the playoffs, scoring five points in seven games against Minnesota, and has always been one of the Avs’ energy guys (he finished fourth among forwards last year with 140 hits).
Colorado, pushed right up against the salary cap ceiling, could put McGinn on LTIR and recoup his $2.95M hit. The club is already receiving some relief with defenseman Ryan Wilson (shoulder) on LTIR, to the tune of $2.25M.
The Colorado Avalanche has been facing the possibility Jamie McGinn’s season might be over due to a back injury, and it appears the club and head coach Patrick Roy will get official word on that next week.
From Mike Chambers of The Denver Post:
Roy told me on the side after his presser that forward Jamie McGinn will have back surgery Wednesday, and at that time the team will learn whether McGinn is done for the season. There’s a chance he could return.
McGinn, 26, hasn’t played since Nov. 15. Signed to a contract extension in June, McGinn has four goals and six points in 19 games this season.
On Friday, the depleted Avalanche, playing the final half of a back-to-back situation on the road, were crushed by the Winnipeg Jets.
Looks like Patrick Roy has dug deep into the motivational handbook:
Holden, 27, was one of the biggest surprises in Colorado last year, making the team out of training camp before appearing in a career-high 52 games, scoring 10 goals and 25 points (Holden also had three goals and four points in seven playoff games.)
But this year… yikes. Just one goal through 25 contests with a team-worst minus-16 rating (41.2 percent Corsi For.)
As the above tweets suggest, Colorado is all sorts of banged up right now. Forwards Dennis Everberg, Jamie McGinn and Jesse Winchester are all on IR, as too are blueliners Brad Stuart and Ryan Wilson. That’s led to some major ice time for certain guys, like Tyson Barrie — he played a season-high 24:59 in Monday’s 4-3 loss to Montreal — and Alex Tanguay, who played 21:28 against the Habs, way above his season average of 17:29.
As mentioned above, the Avs are Calgary on Thursday for a date with the streaking Flames. After that, Colorado will become well acquainted with the Jets and Blues — from Dec. 5-23, the Avs play the Jets twice and the Blues three times (in the span of 10 total games).