The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has activated forward Paul Stastny from the Injured Reserve list. He is expected to be in the lineup for tonight’s game in Atlanta against the Thrashers (5:00 p.m. MT, Altitude TV).
Too little. Too late. But it's sure going to be nice to see the future of the franchise back in the lineup.
One big question on my mind:
Who is the #1 center? Wolski? Stastny? Arnason?
We can probably rule out Arnason, but the choice between Stastny and Wolski is a tough one.
Of course, Stastny is, by definition, the #1 guy. He's the most talented center in the lineup and unless there were extreme circumstances, would undoubtedly be the top liner. Interestingly, extreme circumstances have come in the form of Wojtek Wolski.
Anyone watching the Avs (or just the box scores) knows that Wolski has become a new player since he was moved back to his natural center position and over the last few weeks, Wolski has developed some chemistry with Ryan Smyth and Milan Hejduk.
What to do? Do you rock the boat and put Stastny right back with Duke and Smyth leaving Wolski with Svatos and Stewart? Or do you keep Wolski up on the top line and let Stastny get his feet wet on the second line?
You know, I really wanted to avoid taking a cheap shot, but I don't want Tony Granato making this decision.
We could have had this guy making it.