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Avs forward Steve Downie underwent shoulder surgery

May 5, 2012, 7:47 PM EST

Steve Downie AP

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.

Restricted

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

Unrestricted

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?

  1. eigglesnosuperbowls - May 5, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Who cares ?

    • tru2joelu4eva - May 5, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      avs fans, there are many of us and we are loyal. i hate to be that guy but the team has done a lot of good things and had a lot of good players. to act like the team is completely irrelevant just because of a few bad seasons is ignorant.

  2. tru2joelu4eva - May 5, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    anyway, keep all the rfa’s except kevin porter, which should be more reasonable than it sounds given their cap space and how much each of these players is actually going to be making at the end of the day. of the ufa’s let matt hunwick go. milan hejduk should retire. he was average to below-average all year, and that can’t be acceptable on this team if they really want to try and start making the playoffs on a regular basis again. at the very least he shouldn’t be the captain, it’s time to turn the team over to the next generation of players.

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