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Stick A Fork In ‘Em: The Colorado Avalanche Won’t Be Making The Playoffs Now

joe-sakicDisappointing news today out of Denver.  Joe Sakic, the Avalanche’s 39 year-old all-time leader in games played (855), goals (369), assists (614) and points (1,003), had decided to hang up the skates for the season, effectively ruining any chance of Colorado making the playoffs. I’m sure the players in the locker room are taking this pretty tough, considering how close they were to a playoff berth.

What’s that? The Avalanche are twenty points behind the 8th place St. Louis Blues? Hmm. According to my calculations, with only two games left to play, it would be impossible for Colorado to catch the Blues.  So why is this such a big deal?

Oh, that’s right. Sakic, a 20 year veteran who has played his entire career with the Avs (including the Quebec Nordiques before they moved to Colorado) has been bitten by the injury bug quite a bit recently, especially in each of the past two seasons. With the future of his career in doubt, this could have been Sakic’s last opportunity to hop on the ice for one last hurrah.

This season has been particularly tough for the grizzled veteran. In November, Sakic suffered a herniated disk and while at home recovering from the injury, he broke three fingers in an odd snowblower accident, although I have never heard of a snowblower-related injury that didn’t have some level of strangeness to it.

Best of luck making a comeback next year, Joe. Just stay away from the power tools.

In the battle of snowblower vs. Joe Sakic, snowblower wins [Puck Daddy]
Avs captain Joe Sakic won’t return this season [The Sporting News]