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Galiardi quickly returns to Avs after demotion

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DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Avalanche demoted T.J. Galiardi to the minors to send a message.

Before the young forward could even settle in, though, the team had an even more urgent message: Hurry back.

Galiardi played one game with the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League before he was summoned to return to the parent club. The Avs needed his services after forward Tomas Fleischmann was diagnosed Thursday with two blood clots, one in each of his lungs, and won't play again this season.

With Fleischmann went one of the team's top scorers.

This has simply been that kind of season for the banged-up Avalanche, who've lost one top player after another to injuries and illnesses but still remain in the playoff chase nearing the All-Star break.

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