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Avs’ Downie suffers season-ending injury

Jan 23, 2013, 6:20 PM EDT

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Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Downie‘s season is over just two games in, according to NHL.com.

The 25-year-old pest tore the ACL in his right knee during Colorado’s 3-1 against the Los Angeles Kings at the Pepsi Center. The issue will force him to undergo surgery.

Losing Downie could be a tough blow for the Avs. While he resurrected his career with the Tampa Bay Lightning, he showed potential to be a difference-maker in Denver, scoring 13 points in 20 games despite playing with a banged-up shoulder after being traded last season.

He’s had a turbulent career for a still-young player.

First, he developed a reputation for over-the-line behavior. Downie was suspended one game on April 19, 2011 and 20 games on Sept. 28, 2007.

Downie still draws controversy for his in-your-face attitude (he turned some heads with this questionable hit on Sidney Crosby), but now his biggest issue seems to be health. The agitator missed seven contests last season, was limited to 57 games with Tampa Bay in 2010-11 and won’t play again until next season.

  1. joewilliesshnoz - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    What goes around,comes around, ya bum !

    • govtminion - Jan 23, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      There’s nothing quite as disgusting as a fan cheering for a player getting hurt.

  2. yanks33 - Jan 23, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    2 games into the damn season and already the Avs lose a player

  3. davidsmj22 - Jan 23, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    2 games in to the season and the red wings already lose half the roster…

  4. bcjim - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Hated that dumb donkey when he was in TB. Always a thorn in the Caps side, Still hate to see him hurt like that, hope he makes a recovery, now that he is out west ;-)

  5. jernster21 - Jan 24, 2013 at 2:54 AM

    What a devastating injury. The entire shift he was out there doing what he did best and was hitting anything that moved and then he hit someone in the corner and just dropped. Whether it was going into the hit or coming out of it is uncertain – I recall after the hit, he hit the ice and the Kings’ player looked down at him like something was wrong and Downie still had the instinct to pick himself up off the ice to get out of the zone as the Avs were about to enter the Kings zone (where he picked up speed at the blue line to get out of the zone)…..and then needed a lot of help back into the locker room.

    This sucks.

  6. rushledger - Jan 24, 2013 at 4:48 AM

    Avs need to hold on to their picks they might be bottom of the conference if they lose a couple more guys.

  7. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    As a Lightning fan I thought it was a smart trade, but I still miss Downie. Wishing him a speedy recovery.

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