November 10, 2008 4:46 PM
Sakic update: Tests on his back negative
The good news for the Avalanche and Joe Sakic is that no structural damage was found today during tests on the captain's back.
Sakic didn't practice this morning after being limited to one period of play Saturday against Nashville when his back stiffened.
Sakic is being listed as day to day. He'll be evaluated on a daily basis, so it isn't known if he'll be able to play Wednesday in Vancouver.
On another front, Scott Parker's agent, Rich Evans, said he wasn't reasy to comment on his client's contract being terminated for refusing to report to Lake Erie in the AHL. The Sheriff was on a two-way contract that would have paid him $500,000 in the NHL and $100,000 in the minors.
I talked to Tyler Arnason after practice today about his being a healthy scratch Saturday. He said he wasn't happy about it -- I would hope not -- and said he thought he had been playing better in recent games. Well, he only has two goals and T.J. Hensick has looked very good in his two games since being recalled from Lake Erie. Seems to me, Hensick has to keep playing.
Coach Tony Granato basically said Arnason hasn't been one of the best 12 forwards and didn't deserve to play. I don't think he'll get many arguments about that.
Ben Guite was wincing in pain when he left the ice near the end of practice. Granato said it was a case of Guite having the wind knocked out of him.
Also, Cody McCormick will be available for the Vancouver game after leaving the team to attend the funeral of his grandmother, and defenseman Kyle Cumiskey has been sent back to Lake Erie.