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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Smyth in the Lineup Tomorrow but Clark...Not So Much

Ryan Smyth returns
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Two things became official today, one good and one bad. Of course since we're talking about the Avalanche, that means some injury updates!

Ryan Smyth will be in the lineup for tomorrow's game against St. Louis. That absolutely blows me away. lately I tend to tack on a couple weeks padding to the announced return dates but they got this one right so I'll tone back my slagging of the medical crew a bit.

And in the bad news, it is a dislocated shoulder for Brett Clark and he is out indefinitely. Regardless of whether people think Clark is a top-notch defenceman, he is needed on the Avalanache blue line. The oft-scratched Skrastins will become a regular in the lineup while both Clark and Cumiskey are on the IR.

Also, in what might put an end to the "Q for Adams" folks, when talking about Brett Clark's injury he stated:
"Guys have gotten through it...It’s up to that crew to continue to do the same."

There you have it, straight from the horse's mouth. The players pick up the slack when others go down to injury, not the coach.

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Jed said...

I was going to comment about the misspelling of defenceman, but it seems for hockey at least that is an acceptable spelling (it has a wiki entry at least). I learn something new every day.

Here is hoping Smyth has a good night tonight.

(I finally realized I could log in with my google ID, so no more Azazael13 posts :) )

Shane Giroux said...

I'm not sure if it's one of those Canadian things but I've always gone with defenceman over defenseman. It just looks more correct to me :)

Jibblescribbits said...

I think either spelling is acceptable, and I'm such a poor speller that I use both interchangeably. I think it is a Canadian/American thing.

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