shoulder surgery

Avs forward Steve Downie underwent shoulder surgery


The Colorado Avalanche fell a little bit short of a playoff berth for the second straight season, but they made some nice tweaks to their lineup when they traded for Jamie McGinn and Steve Downie. Downie’s effectiveness was limited by what many believed were shoulder issues late in the season, however, and the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater reports that he underwent surgery for the issue.

Dater reports that Downie injured his shoulder during a March 3 game against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Here are some extra details regarding the procedure from Dater.

The Avs confirmed that Downie underwent shoulder surgery to repair a separation in the joint, but that he his doing well in his rehab. The exact timetable of his rehab remains unclear, but it’s expected he would be ready to return by the start of training camp.

Downie is one of many upcoming free agents for Colorado, so it’s no guarantee that he’ll be in Avalanche training camp once he recovers. Here’s a list of the Avs’ free agents, via CapGeek.


Matt Duchene
Erik Johnson
Peter Mueller
Ryan O’Reilly
Kevin Porter
Mark Olver
Ryan Wilson


Milan Hejduk
David Jones
Jay McClement
Cody McLeod
Matt Hunwick
Shane O’Brien

In other words, Downie’s shoulder might not be the only thing that feels a little different in Colorado next season. Who would you keep from that group?

Kyle Quincey will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

The Colorado Avalanche have quietly put together an outstanding follow up campaign after their breakthrough 2009-10 season. While their Pacific Division lead over the Vancouver Canucks is unstable at best, their six-game winning streak, league-best 121 goals scored and impressive array of speedy young talent indicates that they’re going to be a factor in the Western Conference for quite some time.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that they will have to keep their locomotive offense going without Kyle Quincey, a defenseman who has prospered since he left the Detroit Red Wings organization to play with Colorado and Los Angeles.

Colorado reports that the defenseman will undergo season-ending surgery on his shoulder in the “near future.” While Quincey has regressed after underrated seasons (only one assist and a -5 rating in 21 games this season), losing the 25-year-old defenseman still a tough bit of news for the team.

“This is the best course of action for Kyle and his future,” said Avalanche team physician Dr. Andrew Parker.  “After physical and diagnostic tests, the decision has been made to repair his shoulder at this time.”