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10-26-2003, 02:52 AM
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Goulet17
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Hahl is a very solid player. His loss not only hurts the depth of the 3rd and 4th lines but also as a penalty killer.

With Svatos out for possibly the season, it really hurts the Avs depth.
People will discount the loss and just focus on the first or second line pleyers, but the fact is that it is the 3rd and 4th lines that have often let the Avs down in the playoffs and have meant the difference in losing to teams with better forward depth like Dallas or Detroit.

Let's not forget that Worrell has yet to play, and McAllister will be out an extended period of time with his knee injury.

Cummins was also injured last night during his fight in Nashville, so he may be out for a while, he is being evaluated today.

Concerning Worrell, the Denver Post had a statement from Granato in which he commented (to a question as to whether Worrell will need surgery) that they didn't anticipate Worrell having surgery at this time. It sounds to me that Worrell will be out a long time still, and that the Avs will have to evaluate if he needs surgery eventually. So who knows at this point what contributions the Avs can expect to get from Worrell this season.

For tonight's game, depending on the extent of Cummins' injury, the Avs may have only 11 forwards to dress this evening, and 17 skaters overall.

The loss of all of these 3rd and 4th line players has to change the Avs thinking somewhat regarding deadline trade acquisitions. With Hahl likely out, the Avs will have to acquire a 4th line veteran centermen with faceoff abilities, and perhaps another 3rd or 4th line player for depth purposes. This doesn't account for the acquisition of a veteran goaltender to at least backup Aebischer going into the playoffs (if not a starter). The Avs have lost another trade bargaining chip in Hahl (to go with the earlier loss of Svatos). I don't think the Avs have the roster depth to trade anyone else off their roster to make upgrades in trades, so it is going to make Lacroix's job potentially more difficult.

The other aspect of all of this is with Cummins potentially out, the Avs have no enforcer, or anyone in their lineup capable of acting as a deterrence to teams going after the Avs stars. This isn't a great start to the season, because based history, the Avs will lose more players to injury. It looks like with the Svatos, Hahl, Worrell injuries, the Avs are on pace to far exceed their man games lost limits of the recent seasons.

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