Tanguay suffered a knee injury on Nov. 2 and was out for the next 36 games as a result. He did return for three games in late January but then shut it down going into the Olympic break. That knee injury is lingering and has spawned a hip issue. Tanguay will have surgery on his hip on Friday.
"He's going to have surgery ... on his hip, but the reason why he is out is for the knee," coach Patrick Roy said after Thursday's practice. "The knee isn't doing better. I guess it's a mix of the hip and the knee.
"In the back of our minds, we were hoping not [on surgery], but at the same time with Alex in the lineup I think we are 15-1," Roy said. "He's an important player, but I think we did well without him."
In his second tenure with the Avalanche, the veteran Tanguay was off to a nice start, playing well when the Avs opened the season on a tear. In 16 games this season he has four goals and seven assists while playing 17:17 per game.