John­son to sit out sev­eral games

Colorado claims for­mer Blue Jack­ets de­fense­man An­drew Bod­nar­chuk.

The Denver Post - - SPORTS - By Terry Frei

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.”

ST. LOUIS AT COLORADO

Spot­light on Jarome Iginla:

8 p.m. Wed­nes­day, ALT; 104.3 FM

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.

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