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08:28 AM ET 04.04 | There was no great surprise Sunday when the Avalanche announced that Paul Stastny was out for the season with a stress fracture in his leg. We've learned to expect such news from the Avalanche this season with relentless regularity. Colorado has five games in the final eight days of the season, and the major question now is whether Adam Foote will make it back on the ice for at least a farewell game appearance in an Avalanche jersey before his expected retirement. He missed his ninth consecutive game tonight against Calgary because of the leg injury he suffered against Vancouver on March 16. Foote has been taking treatment, including on the road, but now I'd bet against him playing again. It's a bit reminiscent of Joe Sakic's unsuccessful attempt to make it back for the final few games two years ago before his retirement.

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April 4, 2011  09:22 AM ET

Can a Foote have an upper body injury?

April 4, 2011  09:55 AM ET
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Can a Foote have an upper body injury?

stop it...

April 4, 2011  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Can a Foote have an upper body injury?

Only if he gets his Foote stuck in his mouth.

April 4, 2011  10:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

stop it...

C'mon, it wasn't bad! ha

Classy guy, too bad he can't get the victory lap send off he deserves from the Avs fans.

When I read the part about Stastny going down for the season and how they've learned to expect that kind of news this year, I was looking at it differenty. I think this team and its 112 remaining fans will have to learn to expect this kind of news every year. Period. Stastny is hurt, steady. Duchene is small and is bound to miss time regularly. Who knows if Fleischman's clotting issues will resolve - especially in Denver with its unique air qualities? This is a team that is built soft, and will get hurt often as a result. Too bad too, I think the league's better off when the Denver fans are into hockey.

April 4, 2011  10:27 AM ET

Well darn it all...is it a leg injury or a foote injury?

April 4, 2011  10:29 AM ET

He'll be missed, no doubt, as a horse on the ice. More important, his leadership will be tough to replace. Next in seniority on the roster is Hejduk, and while a classy guy and a top-notch player, probably not a "C"-wearing type. The Avs need to get bigger and tougher -- they have the speed and offense, but need some grit on the defense.

And Denver fans will come back once the franchise decides to spend some money marketing the team better. The minor-league Eagles up the road do a far better job than the Avs when it comes to getting the players out in the public eye -- only the most hard-core fan would recognize Duchene or O'Reilly off the ice.

April 4, 2011  12:30 PM ET
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C'mon, it wasn't bad! haClassy guy, too bad he can't get the victory lap send off he deserves from the Avs fans.When I read the part about Stastny going down for the season and how they've learned to expect that kind of news this year, I was looking at it differenty. I think this team and its 112 remaining fans will have to learn to expect this kind of news every year. Period. Stastny is hurt, steady. Duchene is small and is bound to miss time regularly. Who knows if Fleischman's clotting issues will resolve - especially in Denver with its unique air qualities? This is a team that is built soft, and will get hurt often as a result. Too bad too, I think the league's better off when the Denver fans are into hockey.

Classy guy? I guess if you quit on your team and demand a trade when the team is in the playoff hunt, that qualifies you as a classy guy. He's a wuss. After slinking out of Columbus he doesn't have the guts to show his face in Nationwide Arena when the Av's come to town.

April 4, 2011  12:41 PM ET
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Classy guy? I guess if you quit on your team and demand a trade when the team is in the playoff hunt, that qualifies you as a classy guy. After slinking out of Columbus he doesn't have the guts to show his face in Nationwide Arena when the Av's come to town.

beat me to this one -

April 4, 2011  12:43 PM ET
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Classy guy? I guess if you quit on your team and demand a trade when the team is in the playoff hunt, that qualifies you as a classy guy. He's a wuss. After slinking out of Columbus he doesn't have the guts to show his face in Nationwide Arena when the Av's come to town.

Actually forgot, oddly enough.

A black eye on an otherwise classy career. Acceptable compromise?

April 4, 2011  01:50 PM ET
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beat me to this one -

I don't know exactly what happened in Columbus -- the Denver media treat hockey like gum on the bottom of a shoe -- but it doesn't sound like the Footer the Avs fans came to admire. If he did indeed turn his back on the Jackets, then Jackets fans didn't see the true Adam Foote.

April 4, 2011  02:15 PM ET
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I don't know exactly what happened in Columbus -- the Denver media treat hockey like gum on the bottom of a shoe -- but it doesn't sound like the Footer the Avs fans came to admire. If he did indeed turn his back on the Jackets, then Jackets fans didn't see the true Adam Foote.

Agreed. I don't know the story behind it, but I am thinking that something happened behind the scenes that the public doesn't know about? This guy has always been a gamer and quitting in the midst of a playoff just doesn't sound right...

April 4, 2011  03:33 PM ET

Perspective is always different based on each market isn't it ?? Roamer and Canuck rightfully appreciate what Big Bert has been doing for the Wings. Flames fans knew an out of shape,and non interested Big Bert and have no where near the view of him that Wings fans currently hold.

April 4, 2011  03:40 PM ET
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Classy guy? I guess if you quit on your team and demand a trade when the team is in the playoff hunt, that qualifies you as a classy guy. He's a wuss. After slinking out of Columbus he doesn't have the guts to show his face in Nationwide Arena when the Av's come to town.

Hey now, we're talking about Columbus...it's a wonder he didn't bolt during training camp.

 
April 4, 2011  03:59 PM ET
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Hey now, we're talking about Columbus...it's a wonder he didn't bolt during training camp.

he's a punk...he didn't have any problems taking Columbus money....have never seen any other captain or "leader" quit on a team on the verge of the playoffs like this guy did, totally without class or character

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