Johnson to sit out several games
Colorado claims former Blue Jackets defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk.
Defenseman Erik Johnson will miss the Avalanche’s Wednesday home game against the St. Louis Blues, but Colorado coach Patrick Roy on Tuesday said Johnson’s absence will be “short term.”
Asked what that meant, Roy responded, “It could be five, 10 days, 12 days — short term.”
Johnson suffered what the team has labeled a lower body injury in the second period of the Avalanche’s 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Monday night. Going by Roy’s estimate, Johnson could miss as few as two games, against St. Louis on Wednesday and Nashville on Friday. If he’s out 12 days, he’d miss six games and return against Winnipeg on Jan. 18.
Earlier Tuesday morning, the Avalanche announced it had claimed defenseman Andrew Bodnarchuk on waivers from the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Listed at 5-foot-11 and 196 pounds, Bodnarchuk, 27, played against Roy’s Quebec Remparts teams during his major junior career with the Halifax Mooseheads from 2005-08. Bodnarchuk was entrenched in the American Hockey League and had played only five NHL games (with Boston in 2009-10) until this season, when he has played 16 games with Columbus, posting two assists, plus 14 games with the Lake Erie Monsters.
“With the injury to Brad Stuart, I think we just want to add some depth to our defense,” Roy said. “That was the plan behind this. We believe that he’s going to help us. I don’t know him much, because the last time I saw him play was many years ago when he was in Halifax, but they said he moves the puck well, he has great hockey sense, he’s intense out there, despite the fact that he’s 5-11 or 5-10.”
Stuart hasn’t played since Nov. 10 because of a back injury, and Roy said recent optimism about his return was off target.
“He still has pain in his leg, coming from his back,” Roy said. “There’s no time frame for that. We need to be patient, and at the same time, we want to continue to bring some depth and get our defense better.”
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With his 600th career goal out of the way, Iginla wasn’t on the ice for Colorado’s practice Tuesday but did office work. The Avalanche announced it will honor Iginla and commemorate his milestone before the home game against Tampa Bay next Tuesday.