The Avalanche announced on Wednesday that forward Steve Downie suffered a torn ACL during the team's 3-1 win over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, and that he will need surgery to repair his knee, according to the Denver Post's Adrian Dater. Unfortunately for the Avalanche and Downie, this means that he is done for the lockout-shortened season.
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According to the team, veteran forward Chuck Kobasew will take Downie's spot at right wing on the team's second line, moving up from the fourth line. Also, to help cope with Downie's injury, the team called up winger Brad Malone from Lake Erie, the team's American Hockey League team. Malone isn't without NHL experience, as he played several games with the Avs last season, racking up two assists.
Three other forwards sat out of practice on Wednesday, but according to head coach Joe Sacco, it was due to routine maintenance and all three will be available for the team's Thursday night game against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Downie was signed by the Avalanche before the 2011 season and finished the year having played in 20 games, scoring two goals and having 11 assists for a total of 13 points. He had only one point from an assist before his injury this season.