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Avs get Ryan Wilson back

Mar 10, 2013, 8:02 PM EST

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The Colorado Avalanche hope to maintain momentum after breaking the Chicago Blackhawks’ streak. They’ll get a key defenseman back on Sunday to attempt to keep it going.

Blueliner Ryan Wilson will return to the lineup while forward Tyson Barrie will remain a healthy scratch, according to The Denver Post. NHL.com adds that the team placed Milan Hejduk on the IR retroactive to March 3.

Wilson has been dealing with an ankle injury that has sidelined him since Feb. 2. He’s scored three assists in the eight games he managed to play in 2013.

The 26-year-old defenseman is in his fourth season with the Avs. He played in 59 games in 2011-12, matching his career high with 21 points while averaging 18:44 minutes per game.

  1. polegojim - Mar 10, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Build Build Build on the last win. No time to rest or breath.

    Tough to say, but it’s time for Avs to move past Hejduk.

    • jernster21 - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      It’s too bad, but it’s true. Hejduk takes away time from Palushaj who is bringing great energy and physicality to the third line with O’Reilly and Mitchell. Hejduk knew going into this season that his role would be different and that being a healthy scratch could become a reality. With a healthy squad, that’s how it’s going to be whether he’s healthy or not. There’s no room on a 4th line with Bordy and McLeod…those guys need an energy bringing center like Olver or Kobasew. There’s nothing wrong with this – but the Avs historically love living in the past with players from the good ole days – you produce or you don’t, and that’s how a NHL club should be ran.

      Relating to this article: It’s about time Willy makes it back – he’s the #2 guy on this team who brings a physical presence, in addition to offensive vision – he has been missed. As far as Barrie goes, his future is bright, however, the Avs have too many guys on one way contracts to be healthy scratching them if they’re playing well. There’s still a spot for him if Zanon/Hunwick drop off. I don’t see them scratching anyone else, though. O’Byrne is practically a pylon and I don’t think he’s been scratched in his entire Avalanche career.

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