FOXBOROUGH — An otherwise ordinary transaction might have big ramifications for this year’s outdoor game at Gillette Stadium.
On Thursday, Montreal demoted forward Sven Andrighetto to its AHL affiliate in St. John’s — a sign that, potentially, Brendan Gallagher will make his return from a broken hand at Friday’s Winter Classic.
Gallagher has on IR since Nov. 22, and has missed Montreal’s last 17 games. The team has struggled in his absence, going 5-11-1 while falling out of top spot in the Atlantic Division.
Gallagher is set to practice with the Habs this afternoon at Gillette.