Already banged up, the Colorado Avalanche have lost an additional three players to injury. The team announced Friday that forwards Alex Tanguay, Jamie McGinn and Dennis Everberg will all miss time with various ailments.
Tanguay left Thursday’s contest against the Washington Capitals after being hit in the face by a slapshot courtesy of Alex Ovechkin. It was revealed Friday that he suffered a facial fracture, and is out indefinitely.
“It’s part of the game,” said Avalanche coach Patrick Roy. “You don’t like to see stuff like that happen. Especially from a guy like Ovechkin that has a really good shot. It could be scary at times.”
The 35-year-old Tanguay has seven goals and 11 points in 20 games this season. He missed all but 16 games in his return to the Avalanche last season with various injuries.
Everberg also left Thursday’s game with injury. The 22-year-old separated his shoulder when he was hit by Capitals forward Tom Wilson. Roy said the rookie could be out for “awhile.” In 13 games this season, Everberg has one goal and four points.
McGinn was unable to suit up Thursday due to a back injury. He was undergoing further evaluation on Friday, and his timetable to return is still unknown. In 19 games this season, he has four goals and six points.
Both McGinn and hobbled defenseman Brad Stuart (hamstring) were placed on injured reserve. They will be eligible to return in time for Tuesday’s game, as their designations are retroactive to Nov. 15 and Nov. 4, respectively.
To compensate for the losses of these players, the team recalled forwards Andrew Agozzino, Ben Street and Tomas Vincour from the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. All three players impressed during training camp and the preseason, though both Street and Vincour suffered injuries of their own.
After going undrafted, the 23-year-old Agozzino signed with the Avalanche as a free agent in March of 2013 after excelling on an AHL contract with the Monsters. He has led Lake Eire in scoring in each of the past two seasons. Rthis season, he has eight points in 14 games. Agozzino has no NHL experience.
After spending the past two seasons in the Calgary Flames organization, the 27-year-old Street signed with the Avalanche on July 1. He has 19 games of NHL experience, scoring two points. He has two points in four games for the Monsters this season.
After spending last season in the KHL, the 24-year-old Vincour returned to North America this year. He was acquired by the Avalanche from the Dallas Stars in April 2013, in exchange for defenseman Cameron Gaunce. He has played in 88 career NHL games (including two for the Avs), scoring 18 points . He has two points in three games this season for the Monsters.
The Avalanche are also currently without the services of goaltender Semyon Varlamov (groin), defenseman Ryan Wilson (shoulder) and forwards Patrick Bordeleau (back) and Jesse Winchester (concussion) due to injury.