With only two players under contract, and as many as nine possiblities, Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier is going to have an interesting off-season configuring his defence for next season. Jaroslav Spacek and P.K. Subban are set for the coming season. Josh Gorges is a restricted free agent. Markov, Wisniewski, Hamrlik, Gill, Mara and Sopel are all unrestricted. Gauthier is going to have to decide who to let go and with whom to negotiate.
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Josh Gorges’ knee locked up on him during that Boxing Day loss to the Islanders and, as it turned out, his season was ended. He’ll undergo re-constructive surgery next week. This knee problem has existed since 2002 when he tore his ACL playing with the junior Kelowna Rockets. In the eight years since, he’s hardly missed a game. He had a 150 game streak going with the Canadiens before he came out of the lineup after Christmas.
The Canadiens traded forward Maxim Lapierre to the Anaheim Ducks in return for minor league defenseman Brett Festerling and a fifth round draft pick. The deal came on the same day that the teams was informed that would be without defenseman Josh Gorges for an extended period with a knee injury. Earlier in the day the team also announced the promotion of centre David Desharnais, the AHL’s leading point scorer.
Yesterday in Hamilton Max Pacioretty scored a goal an assist in a win over Toronto with Canadiens coach Jacques Martin watching. Apparently Martin saw enough. Right after the game Pacioretty was called up to the Canadiens where he will not be seeing third and fourth line ice time when the team takes on the Flyers on Wednesday.
Including his big day against Toronto in Pacioretty’s last twelve games he has scored thirteen goals and five assists for eighteen points with a rating of plus-2.
The Canadiens were lucky in the injury department through the first month of the season. Then Andrei Markov messed up his knee in game seventeen. Canadiens officials seem willing to go as far as terming the injury “long term”. “How long term?’ is the only remaining question.
The Canadiens got additional scares in last night’s 3-0 win over Philadelphia when both Josh Gorges and Jeff Halpern were shaken up during a headhunting mission by the Flyers Darroll Powe in the game’s second and third period. Neither took part in today’s practice, but the two are expected to play tomorrow night against Nashville
The Canadiens first power play goal of the season turned out to be the game winner as the team edged the Sabres 2-1 in Buffalo Friday night.
Josh Gorges one-timed a Roman Hamrlik rolling puck off the post past Ryan Miller to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead late in the second period. The Canadiens then fought off a sustained third period Buffalo effort that included Derek Roy’s league leading 5th goal, to register their second win of the season.