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Avalanche forward Alex Tanguay to have season-ending surgery on ailing hip

Alex Tanguay #40 of the Colorado Avalanche controls the puck against the Detroit Red Wings at Pepsi Center on October 17, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Red Wings defeated the Avalanche 4-2.
Alex Tanguay #40 of the Colorado Avalanche controls the puck against the Detroit Red Wings at Pepsi Center on October 17, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Red Wings defeated the Avalanche 4-2.
Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Despite not being in action due to the Olympic break, the Colorado Avalanche were dealt a blow on the injury front; as it was announced Thursday that forward Alex Tanguay will have season-ending hip surgery.

"You don't like to lose a player like him, but at the same time it's part of the game," said head coach Patrick Roy. "Every team is subject to situations like this. It's going to give an opportunity for other guys to take over, and they've been doing really well."

The surgery is expected to take place on Friday; and brings an end to an injury-plagued first season since returning to the Avalanche via trade this summer. Dealing with hip and knee issues, the 34-year-old Tanguay has missed 41 of Colorado’s last 43 games.

When healthy, Tanguay had been playing well, scoring 11 points in 16 games. More impressively, the Avalanche had a record of 15-1 with him in the lineup.

Tanguay is expected to be fully recovered by the start of next season, and has two years remaining on his contract.