• Delivers two goals Friday

    News: Jamie McGinn netted two goals, including one on the power play, and added a fighting major in Friday night's 6-4 loss to the Blue Jackets.
    Analysis: Jamie McGinn was dealing with the flu earlier in the week, though that appears behind him at this point. Back surgery thwarted McGinn's chances of making much of an impact with the Avalanche last season, as he was limited to 19 games. Now healthy and with the Sabres, McGinn figures to be a solid depth fixture on the team's checking line. He'll look to build upon the 19 goals that he scored with the Avs in 2013-14.
  • Sabres' McGinn Misses Practice With Illness

    News: Jamie McGinn (illness) missed practice Monday with the flu.
    Analysis: Jamie McGinn, who is expected to slot in as a bottom-six forward with the Sabres this season, can be considered day-to-day with the ailment. McGinn registered six points (four goals, two assists) in 19 games with Colorado last season.
  • McGinn Shuffles Off To Buffalo

    News: Jamie McGinn (back) was traded to Buffalo on Friday along with Ryan O'Reilly in exchange for Nikita Zadorov, Mikhail Grigorenko, J.T. Compher, and the 31st overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
    Analysis: O'Reilly is definitely the headliner in the deal from Buffalo's point of view, but Jamie McGinn is a solid extra piece. A serious back injury limited him to just 19 games this past season, but McGinn scored 19 goals just two seasons ago and he's a solid depth player. He is expected to be fully healthy for training camp in the fall.
  • Avs' McGinn Expects To Be Ready For Camp

    News: Jamie McGinn (back) is expected to be 100 percent healthy for the start of training camp in the fall, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: Jamie McGinn, who underwent season-ending back surgery in December, said he recently endured a setback in his recovery, but it's not something significant enough to challenge his availability for the start of the 2015-16 campaign. The back injury limited McGinn to just 19 games this season, during which he produced four goals, two assists, and a minus-9 rating.
  • Coach Confirms Avs' McGinn Out For Season

    News: Coach Patrick Roy acknowledged Tuesday that Jamie McGinn (back) would be out for the remainder of the season, Mike Chambers of the Denver Post reports.
    Analysis: It was fully expected after Jamie McGinn underwent back surgery in December that he would be sidelined for the remainder of the campaign, so Roy's statement merely confirms as much. His season will end after just 19 games, during which he compiled six points and a minus-9 rating.
  • Avs' McGinn (Back) Likely Done For Season

    News: Jamie McGinn (back) underwent surgery Wednesday and isn't expected to play again in 2014-15, Nick Groke of the Denver Post reports. "It went really well," coach Patrick Roy said of McGinn's procedure, "But I would not be surprised if he's out for the season."
    Analysis: There was some uncertainty whether Jamie McGinn's back procedure would be a short- or long-term repair, but Roy's words would seem to indicate the latter. The first season of the two-year, $5.9 million deal McGinn inked with the Avs in the offseason appears to be a loss, as the depth player was limited to just 19 games, producing six points and a minus-9 rating.
  • Avs' McGinn To Have Back Surgery

    News: Jamie McGinn will undergo surgery on his injured back Wednesday and could miss the rest of the season, reports The Denver Post.
    Analysis: This comes as a huge blow to the Avs' forward depth even though Jamie McGinn hadn't put up very good numbers to start the year. We won't know until after his surgery whether McGinn will miss the duration of the season or return after a shorter (but still lengthy) absence, so keep an eye out for further news.
  • Avs' McGinn May Need Back Surgery

    News: Jamie McGinn will be evaluated by doctors Sunday to determine if he will require back surgery.
    Analysis: Jamie McGinn's injury first classified him as day-to-day, but it has progressed to the point of possible season-ending surgery. The news should come across the board later Sunday, but it's reportedly more likely than not that he will need the surgery.
  • Avs Place McGinn (Back) On IR

    News: Jamie McGinn (back) was placed on injured reserve Friday.
    Analysis: Jamie McGinn was first considered day-to-day, but now his injury appears to be more serious than initially thought. He will be required to sit until Saturday, meaning he could return before the next game, but the team's recall of three forwards likely indicates that is an unrealistic timetable. His next opportunity to return would be Tuesday against the Coyotes.
  • McGinn (Back) Scratched Thursday

    News: Jamie McGinn (back) was a scratch for the Avalanche on Thursday.
    Analysis: Jamie McGinn was sidelined from practice the last few days because of the back injury, and now it will cause him to miss Thursday's contest as well. His next opportunity to return will come Saturday against the Hurricanes.