Wilson will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery Wednesday, and he has likely played his last game with the team.
Wilson, 27, is a pending unrestricted free agent who can't seem to remain healthy. He has played in just three of 19 games this season, 28 of 82 last season and 12 of 48 in the lockout-shorted campaign of 2013. Colorado has just six available defensemen, with Brad Stuart (hamstring) also out of action.
Avalanche defenseman Ryan Wilson says he’s ready to go. Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said Wilson is almost ready to go.
Wilson, who completed another full practice Sunday and was available to the media for the first time since suffering a back injury Nov. 6 against Nashville, is not expected to play Monday against the Dallas Stars. But Roy wants to play Wilson on Tuesday’s against the Stars in Dallas, assuming he has another good skate Monday morning. Wilson, 26, said he injured his back in a collision against the boards, and he hopes this latest setback is his last for a while.
Ryan Wilson returns to the Avalanche blueline tonight.
Wilson missed all of Colorado's preseason contests and first the first four games this season with a minor knee injury. Wilson has been skating for the last two weeks, but it wasn't until last Sunday's practice that he fully participated in drills with his teammates. Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy has been reluctant to change his lineup during the winning streak, but he will make one change against the Capitals as Wilson will replace Tyson Barrie on defense and will likely be paired with Nate Guenin.
Ryan Wilson playing with Jan Hejda in practice. Seems at full strength
Wilson missed the entire preseason and the first two games of the season with a knee injury. It sounds like he will return to the lineup on Tuesday vs. the Maple Leafs. Wilson had three assists in 12 games last season.
Ryan Wilson (knee) was retroactively placed on injured reserve but the Avalanche expect him to be back by October 12th. Wilson has missed all of the preseason with a minor knee injury that he suffered during the team's Burgundy/White Game on Sept. 15. He skated for the first time on Sunday with a knee brace on.
"We're not going to push a player," Roy said. "We are going to make sure that he is 100 percent when he comes back."