Burnaby Joe Out for Months

Joe Sakic

Not having their captain for the past 12 games, the Colorado Avalanche will have to continue to play without Joe Sakic for most of the remaining season.

This news comes out of the Mile High City after the Avs learned yesterday that Sakic will undergo hernia surgery. So what does this mean for Colorado?

Sakic has 22 points so far this season, and has been a main part of the Avalanche’s attack every year he’s been on the team. Known has the player with the deadliest wrist shot in the NHL, the Burnaby native will only be able to lead his team off the ice.

“After consulting with the doctors we believe this procedure will enable me to return to the lineup,” stated Sakic in a release.

I’m sure the whole Colorado organization is looking forward to that day. 

However, even with the captain’s absence the past dozen games, Colorado still remains one of the top teams in the Northwest Division, alongside Vancouver and Minnesota. If they can continue to carry on winning without Sakic, then the surgery won’t be a problem. But in order to do so, Colorado must call upon it’s other scorers to step up.

The top offensive go-getter so far this season is sophomore Paul Statsny, who leads the team in goals (15), assists (28), points (43) and plus/minus (+11). Injuries to Milan Hejduk and Ryan Smyth throughout the season has hindered their offensive contributions, but they are still number two and three respectively when it comes to most points on the team.

Sakic is a big part of the Colorado team, and has always been a major face of this franchise. Ever since the move from Quebec, Burnaby Joe has been the heart and soul of the Avalanche. But that does not mean this team can not carry on without him.

It just might be a little bit tougher.

No longer with a guaranteed scorer and producer, the Avalanche will have to prove their depth worth and show the rest of the league that they can still compete even with a long absence of their leader. If not, Sakic’s return will likely result in assisting the team play the spoiler role, as opposed to playoff contention. 

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