The Colorado Avalanche have announced that Steve Downie will be out for the season, as he requires season-ending surgery. His injury from last night appears to be even worse than we all thought: he has torn his ACL, and the required surgery will rob him of playing the rest of the season. This is really a shame, considering that he just recovered from off season shoulder surgery. Brad Malone has been recalled from Lake Erie.
Downie is a physical presence on the ice, and one of the grittiest members of the team. I think that the Avs will miss that presence, and in his absence, players like Ryan Wilson, Jamie McGinn, and Ryan O’Byrne are going to need to step up their own physical games. The Avs need to be tough to play against, and the loss of Downie makes that a taller task for the remaining players. Downie is a versatile forward, and I think that the team will miss that too. He can be trusted on the first or the fourth line, and with him now gone, the lineup is much less flexible.
I don’t want to analyze things too much more, because I just want Downie to have a successful surgery, and focus on his health before the team. Best of luck, Downs, we’ll see you next season.