Colorado Avalanche left wing Alex Tanguay will finally hit the ice and test his injured hip in the next couple of days. The test couldn’t be more serious for Tanguay. Pass and he will continue working back from the injury. But if he fails, season-ending surgery is next on the docket.
Avalanche coach Patrick Roy shared the grim news on Friday after his team’s practice.
“Monday or Tuesday will be a big test for him,” Roy said. “He’s going to skate and if it goes well, we’ll keep going (with his rehab program). If it’s not, then we’re probably going to have to have surgery for his hip. That’s where we are.”
While Tanguay’s off-ice rehab has been going well, if there is still pain when he is out on the ice his season will most likely come to an abrupt end. He originally injured the hip on Nov. 2 during a 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens.
The Avalanche are currently 40-25-11 and in third place in the Central Division of the NHL Western Conference.