While the Avalanche might have some wounds to lick this offseason, their roster is on the mend as they welcome back three key forwards this week.
Paul Stastny is returning to the lineup Wednesday night and the Avs got David Jones back in Monday's loss to Calgary. Thursday, veteran forward Milan Hejduk will likely return to action as the Avs face defending champion Los Angeles.
"Obviously (Hejduk and Stastny) wear letters for us, so when they are out of the lineup there's definitely a hole in the dressing room and, on top of that, they're outstanding players," forward Matt Duchene said at the pregame skate Wednesday.
"Same with (Jones) ... he's a guy that could step in and score five in his next four any time."
Stastny injured his left foot blocking a shot Mar. 24 against Vancouver and the injury has lingered beyond the initial 10-day prognosis. His 19 points in 31 games placed him third on the team in scoring. He missed eight games, the same number Jones had missed after sustaining a knee injury.
Hejduk last played Mar. 30 in a victory over Nashville and the Avs dropped five consecutive games as he recovered from a shoulder injury.
For Stastny, a longer than expected absence has been especially tough as his club dropped seven of eight games.