Jan 16, 2011, 9:20 PM EDT
After the scary fall that Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly took the other night against Minnesota, the worry over whether he would be seriously injured was high. When it was revealed that he had a shoulder injury and not a head or neck injury, many breathed a huge sigh of relief.
Today, we find out even better news from Denver that O’Reilly will miss about two weeks with that shoulder ailment and will not need surgery to repair it. O’Reilly is one of the better contributors for the Avalanche as a third line centerman. With just five goals and ten assists this year with a +6 rating, his contributions aren’t huge on the stat sheet, but key on the ice.
The Avs have had their fair share of injury problems this year, but they’ll be turning things around soon with winger Chris Stewart having returned from a broken hand injury recently. It’ll be curious to see how O’Reilly’s absence hurts the Avs depth-wise up the middle.
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- Caps ink Kuznetsov to two-year, $6 million extension 9
- Bruins sign three — Hayes, Connolly, and DeFazio 12
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- Leafs sign Matthias — one year, $2.3 million 17
- Report: Kopitar, Kings in ‘early stages of negotiations’ for extension 12
- Arbitration filed: Holtby, Nyquist & Stepan highlight list released by NHLPA 15
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- Big money: Tarasenko signs eight-year, $60 million extension with Blues (72)