Heading into training camp, the Montreal Canadiens had a logjam of defensemen on NHL contracts.
Now, that’s starting to look like a good thing.
On Thursday, the club announced Davis Drewiske suffered a shoulder injury during yesterday’s practice, one that will keep him of the lineup for four weeks. That puts the 28-year-old on the shelf alongside fellow blueliners Francis Bouillon and Douglas Murray, both of whom are day-to-day with lower-body injuries.
The Habs went into training camp already down the services of defenseman Alexei Emelin, who is still recovering from surgery on his torn ACL.
So, what does this all mean for the depth chart?
Assuming Bouillon and Murray are recovered for the start of the regular season, they’ll likely be among the top six defenseman along with P.K. Subban, Andrei Markov, Josh Gorges and Raphael Diaz.
This still leaves the likes of Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu fighting for spots on the big team. The two former first-rounders should push, and it’s possible the Drewiske injury could keep one (or both) of them around to open the year.
Ducks come to terms with Lindholm, so what happens now?
And now we wait for the other shoe to drop, because according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the Anaheim Ducks have come to terms with defenseman Hampus Lindholm on a six-year contract extension with a cap hit of $5.25 million.
It’s a win for the Ducks, who succeed in their quest to get Lindholm locked up with a lower cap hit than the Sabres got Rasmus Ristolainen ($5.4 million).
Pastrnak was whistled for a minor penalty on the play, which occurred in the second period of Boston’s 5-2 loss at MSG on Wednesday night. Girardi left the contest momentarily, but was able to return and finished with 16:15 TOI.
“I don’t really know it makes contact with my face at first, but it is what it is, I’m kind of vulnerable,” Girardi said of the hit, per the New York Post. “He’s going to try to make a hit. He just hit me in the front of the face, so it wasn’t like it was the side-of-the-head hit or something.
“As soon as I got up, I was fine.”
Pastrnak, who did appear to leave his feet to make the hit, doesn’t have any history with the DoPS, and has never been subjected to supplemental discipline from the department.
His hearing will take place on Friday.
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