Updates from Tuesday, April 22
Patrick Roy announced a roster move to replace the injured Tyson Barrie (via the Avalanche):
Roy said Ryan Wilson will replace injured Tyson Barrie in the lineup.— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) April 22, 2014
One of the heroes from a Game 1 overtime win against the Minnesota Wild, Tyson Barrie wasn't able to finish Game 3 on Monday night.
The Wild's Matt Cooke stepped into the Colorado Avalanche's 22-year-old defenseman as he was releasing a pass, and a nasty knee-on-knee collision ensued. Barrie left the game in the second period, and as the team's Twitter feed later noted, he wouldn't return:
Injury update: Tyson Barrie (lower body) will not return.— Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) April 22, 2014
Here's a look at the dangerous hit, which earned Cooke a two-minute penalty:
After the Wild's 1-0 overtime win, Marc Moser of the Altitude Radio Network spoke with coach Patrick Roy about how long Barrie will be out:
Coach Roy says Tyson Barrie is out 4-6 weeks with MCL injury after knee on knee hit by Matt Cooke.— Marc Moser (@RadioMoser) April 22, 2014
It's a play that will undoubtedly be discussed in the coming days, and the severity of Barrie's injury may help determine how the league eventually handles it.
Joe Sakic gave his thoughts on the matter to The Denver Post's Adrian Dater:
Joe Sakic to Denver Post on whether Matt Cooke should be suspended: "I'm confident the league will do the right thing."— Adrian Dater (@adater) April 22, 2014
Hockey analyst and former referee Kerry Fraser believes it was a dirty hit, suggesting Cooke will receive a significant suspension:
Nasty knee by Matt Cooke on Tyson Barrie. Worth more than the 2 minute penalty assessed. 5 + gm deserved.— Kerry Fraser (@kfraserthecall) April 22, 2014
While Avs fans will certainly want to see some sort of punishment for Cooke, getting Barrie back healthy will be more important.
Playing in just his third season, the young defenseman got off to a rough start this year and was eventually sent to the AHL by Roy. He played tremendously upon his return, though, and finished with 38 points (13 goals and 25 assists) in 64 games. In the Avs' 5-4 win last Thursday, he tallied two more assists, including one on Paul Stastny's game-winner.
With two home wins to start the series, Colorado is in good shape to advance past the first round of the playoffs. But if the Avs are going to make a deep run at the Stanley Cup, getting their top blue-line scorer and power-play anchor back will be crucial.