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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Stastny Returning Soon; Theodore Returning Now

The Avalanche are soon to get one of their stars back from the IR list. Paul Stastny skated for a full practice today and should join the team on their upcoming road trip against San Jose and Vancouver.

This is just terrible news. I mean, how many more players can the Avalanche afford to...oh sorry, that was just a kneejerk reflex there. Having Stastny, the teams leading scorer, back in the lineup is nothing but good news. Hell, it's amazing news. It's the best news I've heard since I found out Raine Maida was coming to town.

Sure, other players are stepping up but when you lose your leading scorer, there's no doubt in anyone's mind that it's a huge blow no matter how the players slice it to the media.

JM Liles showed confidence in the current lineup in not needing to rush Stastny back and displayed some extreme confidence in the team's playoff hopes:

“We have to make sure he’s healthy and that there’s not any lingering effects so we can have him for the stretch run and the playoffs.”

No quantifiers or qualifiers there. It's playoffs or bust!

In other news from today's practice, Joel Quenneville stated that Jose Theodore will get the start against San Jose on Wednesday night. I'm sure this will start another round of "OMG! Theo teh suxorz/r0xorz!" across Internet forums which is always good for a chuckle.

In the end, aside from a stellar performance against the Red Wings, Budaj looked ok in his other two starts and if we want Quenneville to stick with one guy then going back to Theodore is the right choice.

On paper.

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