Bad news from Avalanche camp, as Ryan Smyth will now miss the remainder of the regular season with a fractured bone in his hand. Smyth left the game last night against Phoenix with a hand injury and x-rays were negative today, revealing the fracture. The Avalanche are out of the playoff picture and won't be in dire need for Smyth's services in the last week of the season.
Smyth figured into all of the Avalanche's 77 games leading up to the injury this season, scoring 26 goals and adding 33 assists, which should be considered a respectable season, especially on a team that was so shorthanded of much of their skilled players and Smyth's linemates.
Smyth, a Draft pick of Don's, should still have a good shot at finishing in the top 100 in pool scoring this year, but that was far from being enough to help Don ascend into a money position. Smyth, prior to the 2007/'08 season, was a regular in the top 75 in pool scoring and it looks like he's return back to form. His stock has returned to normal.
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