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Fantasy Spin: Avs' Fleischmann out for season

by Deborah Francisco /
The cold that Colorado forward Tomas Fleischmann thought he had was something a lot worse. The Avs announced Thursday that Fleischmann will miss the remainder of the season due to pulmonary emboli.

Fleischmann played in Colorado's 4-3 overtime victory over the Vancouver Canucks on Jan. 18 and even had an assist. However, after experiencing cold-like symptoms in the past few days he was evaluated by doctors on Thursday afternoon.

"Tomas' condition was discovered this afternoon when he was evaluated for shortness of breath," Avalanche team physician Dr. David Mellman said. "The nature of his condition requires him to be on blood thinners for several months and he will be unable to play hockey during this time."

This is a tough break for any fantasy owner who possesses Fleischmann on his/her roster considering the 21 points (8 goals and 13 assists) the Czech Republic native tallied in 22 games with the Avalanche after being acquired from Washington on Nov. 30.

Fleischmann played on a line with Colorado's Matt Duchene, and the pair proved to be quite the dynamic duo. The majority of Fleischmann's 31 points this season were notched once he made the move to the Mile High City. In 45 games played he also tallied 18 PIMs, 6 power-play points, 98 shots, and 15 hits.

Fantasy tip: While Colorado has not announced any official roster moves in the wake of the news, fantasy owners can expect 22-year-old TJ Galiardi to return from the Lake Erie Monsters of the AHL. If you're really in a pinch to replace Fleischmann on your roster, consider picking up Galiardi, who is also a left wing. Galiardi has played in just 28 games so far this season due to a broken wrist he suffered Nov. 9. However, in those 28 games he notched 13 points (7 goals and 6 assists), 55 shots, 28 hits and 12 PIMs. He may take Fleischmann's spot on a line with Duchene and Hejduk.
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