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Sam Girard out with lower-body injury. Is LTIR a possibility?



Sam Girard

The Avs announced this morning that defenseman Sam Girard will not play tonight in Carolina because of a lower-body injury. I’m hearing this could definitely be more than just a day-to-day thing. Girard, in fact, is in Denver right now, having flown back for further evaluation, a team spokesman confirmed. That usually means things are serious.

If it is a serious injury, Girard could be put on LTIR, which would allow the Avs to use his $5 million cap space ahead of the NHL trade deadline. That deadline is 11 days away. There is no salary cap for teams in the NHL playoffs, meaning Girard – if he’s not out beyond the playoffs – could return and the Avs would not have to offload $5 million in cap space. Or, maybe he’s traded to a team as part of a big deal, and that team doesn’t need to worry about playing Girard this year. He does have FOUR more years left on his contract with that $5 million cap hit. That makes him a potentially attractive trade piece to a team willing to offload some big players/contracts right now.

We’ll see what happens. Saddle up folks, this could get very interesting.

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The Avs, as expected, will start Darcy Kuemper in net tonight. Kurtis MacDermid is expected to play as a D-man tonight. Avs are coming off that bad loss in New Jersey, so I expect a full-bore effort tonight.

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Well, this is a wrinkle I didn’t expect. Swing a deal, keep Sammy on LTIR indefinitely until you unload him on another team or trade him next year. It was a matter of time before all the big, targeted hits on Sammy took their toll. Not wishing for Sam to be hurt – – just hoping that we can swing a deal that brings a bigger “D” man and checking/PK forward to the Avs for the playoff run.

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Doug Glatt

Maybe we could get Big Z back!?!?! Just kidding.


I heard Anaheim might want to trade Lindholm. Girard for him would be awfully tasty…

Ryan Krueger

Maybe explains why his game has been off lately. We are a critical bunch. Also, who is going to trade for a wounded player just because we want to get rid of him?


Well, at the very least, move him to LTIR. That frees up $5M a year to make a deal for the playoffs. Then, worry about his injury or cap status later like the Mafia did after raiding the Teamster’s Pension Fund. He could even come back in the playoffs under the “Tampa Playoff Salary Cap Plan,” much like Vegas is doing this year with Eichel and Stone. Heck – I hope all playoff teams take advantage of this bogus cap rule. It’s too late for the NHL to do anything about it. Think of the fun it will be at… Read more »

Gary Bettger

Love Sammy G’s puck handling skills and pirouhettes but not sure he brings the presence and posture we need going into the playoffs.


If Vegas and Tampa can do it…


Bednar playing him 22 mins a night sure didn’t help, and is just not a smart decision by him on several levels.

Poor use of a relatively fragile team resource.


Hope he’s ok first off. Despite my firm belief that he is miscast in his role here, he has big cajones for getting out there with the big boys. A win-win here is a deal with MTL. They lack a fast puck moving defenceman. Their centers have gone bust. We need a mean bruiser Dman and a power forward for secondary scoring. We send Sammy, JTC, probably a solid Eagle (e.g.. Kaut, Maltsev) to the CH. They send us Chariot and Josh Anderson. We may need to add a non-first pick to sweeten the deal for their rebuild optics. They’d… Read more »


I like it. Except the deal from Montreal (for my taste) would be Lehkonen instead of Anderson.


Yep, that’s the other option.

I do favor Anderson for his playoff potential impact, and his lower the shoulder and barrel to the net style.


The second half of the trade deal would depends on that Byram story.

If he really wants out, we send him back home to VAN for Miller. They also get the Jost (or JTC if MTL wants Jost). Maybe a little extra sprinkle of something to seal it.

I find myself drooling over the prospect of our 3rd line in the playoffs being Miller, Anderson/Lehk and NewHook. Holy crap!

Bob Neal

Great post. I’ll take this trade any day. I hope Sammie is ok. Everything I hear about him is he’s a great guy and yes one has to admire his resilience being out there with much larger people. However, I think that the other teams are targeting him and getting him off his game and its creating a defensive liability. Therefore, a trade of this nature could push the Av’s over the top.

Karl Keen

Hmmm interesting is all i will say…

Aaron Hinton

IF this is the strategy Sakic is using…I don’t want Claude. I want some ass-kickers on both ends from Montreal.

Aaron Rud

I’m just here to see if Yan Girard comments anymore.


I don’t know where he’s been. I think he’s Canadien so he might have gotten arrested with the truckers in Ottawa.


Can someone explain why Byram isn’t on IR

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