Not to go all Allen Iverson here, but who needs warm-ups anyway? If athletes are going to get hurt while limbering up their hammys and pectorals, I see little point in this exercise.
In fact, let’s not even skate around the ice at all before games. It’s too dangerous, just ask Craig Anderson:
Calling Anderson a key cog for the Avalanche is an understatement. He was a prime reason for Colorado’s surprise run to the playoffs last year, and his 51-save overtime shutout in the first round against the Sharks is still jaw-dropping.
Anderson injured his knee during warm-ups prior to Colorado’s 4-3 loss to Vancouver Tuesday night. Details in the immediate aftermath of a potentially major injury are always murky, and knees are a delicate beast. There’s already talk of torn knee ligaments, and Anderson has flown back to Denver for tests and will be out indefinitely.
Colorado can only cross its collective fingers now. When you’re giving up the most goals per game in the entire league (3.67), having your star goalie walking on crutches and watching from the press box is especially bad for business.
There were only 11 regular season games last year in which Anderson wasn’t in goal for the Avalanche, a franchise record. Maybe the performance of top goalies doesn’t suffer with increased playing time, but the aches and pains of the long NHL season sure add up.