Forward hurt his knee last month

Updated: April 27, 2004, 3:22 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Avalanche forward Alex Tanguay skated Wednesday as Colorado practiced for the final time before leaving for California and its second-round playoff matchup against San Jose.

Neither Tanguay nor Avalanche officials would say whether he will play in Game 1 on Thursday.

"Right now, he is day-to-day," Colorado coach Tony Granato said. "He looked good today, and we'll see what happens tomorrow."

Tanguay had 25 goals and 54 assists in 69 games during the regular season, but he missed the last 11 games with a sprained knee. The injury also kept him out of last week's series-clinching victory over Dallas.

"I won't say whether I'm playing or not," Tanguay said. "It felt OK, but it's not great yet."

Selanne compares California boos
During his two regular-season trips to San Jose this season, Teemu Selanne was unceremoniously booed each time he handled the puck.

"And it won't change," Selanne said Wednesday before the Avalanche departed for San Jose. "I expect to be booed."

Selanne, who was a member of the Sharks from 2000 to 2003, signed a free-agent contract with Colorado in the offseason.

"This kind of thing is league-wide," Selanne said. "Look at Rob Blake when we go back to Los Angeles. Only they boo him louder."

Liles left out in cold for Calder
When the three finalists for the Calder Memorial Trophy honoring the NHL's top rookie were announced, there was Trent Hunter of the New York Islanders, Andrew Raycroft of the Boston Bruins and Michael Ryder of the Montreal Canadiens. No sign of Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles.

"I would have liked to have been on the list, but those other guys had tremendous years," Liles said. "There's three or four other guys on the list that could have been on it."

Liles had 10 goals and 24 assists in 79 games.

"I had a very good season," Liles said. "Obviously, above my expectations and I'm not really worried about not making the finalists right now."


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