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Price to miss rest of season; Canadiens share ‘detailed description of his injury’

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With just three games left on the Montreal Canadiens’ schedule, the club announced this morning that injured goalie Carey Price would not play again this season.

Price hasn’t played since Nov. 25. He’d been holding out hope for a return, even after the Canadiens had been eliminated from playoff contention.

Throughout it all, the team remained tight-lipped about the specifics of his injury, but that silence ended today with a statement from the Canadiens’ head physician, Dr. Vincent Lacroix.

“Now that Carey Price’s season has officially ended, here is a detailed description of his injury: Carey sustained a medial collateral ligament injury (MCL sprain) to his right knee on November 25th, 2015 in a game against the NY Rangers. The MCL provides support to the inside of the knee and is essential for stability and knee function. Acute, isolated MCL injuries are managed without surgery. Rehabilitation treatments lead to full functional recovery. The recovery process can be long in the case of an elite netminder such as Carey, due to the high demand placed on this anatomical structure by modern goaltending techniques. Although Carey has made excellent progress and is very close to being able to return to competition, he has not presently been cleared to do so. He is expected to make a full recovery over the off-season. This injury was not the same as the one he suffered earlier this season (October 29th at Edmonton), nor in previous years,” said Dr. Lacroix.

Team Canada still expects Price to participate in the World Cup in September.

The Canadiens also announced that P.K. Subban (neck), Mark Barberio (concussion), Victor Bartley (groin/broken foot) and Lucas Lessio (right knee) would miss the remainder of the season.

Subban has not played since March 10, when he was stretchered off the ice after suffering what the club called a “non-serious neck injury.” He’s since returned to practice.

No hearing scheduled for Gudas after high hit on Farnham

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Radko Gudas doesn’t have a disciplinary hearing scheduled after getting tossed for a questionable hit during Tuesday’s Flyers-Devils game, an NHL spokesman has confirmed.

Gudas was chucked in the first period of Philly’s eventual 6-3 win for an illegal check to the head of Devils forward Bobby Farnham. Farnham remained in the game and finished with 8:39 TOI.

Gudas’ reputation as one of the NHL’s most notorious and dangerous hitters has increased with numerous incidents this year — five questionable hits all told, per the Philly Inquirer.

Earlier this month, Gudas laid out Buffalo rookie Daniel Catenacci late in the third period a 5-1 Flyers win. The hit ended Catenacci’s night and landed him on IR, but Gudas avoided supplemental discipline.

That wasn’t the case back in December, though, when Gudas was was suspended three games for a headshot on Mika Zibanejad.

It’s also worth pointing out that, also in February, Gudas was tossed from a game against Montreal for clipping, after delivering a low hit on Habs forward Lucas Lessio.

The Flyers don’t play again until Friday, when they’ll take on the Habs in Montreal.

Related: Flyers staff give Gudas a talking to as questionable hits pile up

Again? Gudas tossed for another questionable hit (Video)

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Radko Gudas is no stranger to the NHL’s Department of Player Safety, and the two could be meeting again in the very near future.

Early in tonight’s Flyers-Devils game, Gudas was given a five-minute major and game misconduct for an illegal check to the head of New Jersey forward Bobby Farnham.

This, of course, is the latest in a series of transgressions from the Philly blueliner.

Earlier this month, Gudas laid out Buffalo rookie Daniel Catenacci late in the third period a 5-1 Flyers win. The hit ended Catenacci’s night and landed him on IR, but Gudas avoided supplemental discipline.

That wasn’t the case back in December, though, when Gudas was was suspended three games for a headshot on Mika Zibanejad.

It’s also worth pointing out that, also in February, Gudas was tossed from a game against Montreal for clipping, after delivering a low hit on Habs forward Lucas Lessio.

When it rains: Desharnais in walking boot, will miss Habs’ next game

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The Montreal Canadiens didn’t need any more bad news.

But on Tuesday, they got some anyway.

Center David Desharnais, fourth among all Habs forwards in assists this year, was in a walking boot after taking a Tom Gilbert shot during Monday’s 6-2 beating in Arizona — dropping the Canadiens to 8-22-1 over their last 31 games — and won’t play tomorrow when Montreal takes on Colorado.

Desharnais has been a lightning rod in Montreal this year — he’s one of head coach Michel Therrien’s favorite forwards, but isn’t exactly a fan favorite. Undeterred, Therrien has continued to use the diminutive pivot quite a bit, as Desharnais averages over 16 minutes a night and is second on the club in faceoff duty, trailing only Tomas Plekanec.

With Desharnais out, Montreal’s lines looked like this on Tuesday:

Alex Galchenyuk–Tomas Plekanec–Brendan Gallagher
Max PaciorettyLars EllerSven Andrighetto
Paul Byron–Jacob De La Rose–Dale Weise
Tomas Fleischmann/Lucas LessioTorrey MitchellDevante Smith-Pelly

No hearing scheduled for Gudas after big hit on Sabres rookie

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Flyers d-man Radko Gudas doesn’t have a disciplinary hearing scheduled for his hit on Buffalo’s Daniel Catenacci on Thursday night, an NHL spokesman has confirmed.

Gudas was given a five-minute charging major for laying out Catenacci late in the third period of Philly’s 5-1 win. The hit ended Catenacci’s night, a tough way for the 22-year-old to finish just his third NHL contest.

After the contest, Buffalo players and head coach Dan Bylsma didn’t mince words when it came to Gudas’ actions.

“I think there’s no question it’s head hit,” Bylsma said, according to the Buffalo News. “I know the league will look at that hit and deal with it.”

“That guy’s an idiot and stupid,” Foligno said of Gudas, per the Courier-Post. “He gets his hits in, he’s dirty and he’s been known for it. He goes after a rookie who plays in three games and goes right at his head.

“He’s an idiot, that guy.”

Gudas certainly has furthered his reputation as a dangerous hitter this season.

In December, he was suspended three games for a headshot on Mika Zibanejad and, earlier this month, was tossed from a game against Montreal for clipping, after delivering a low hit on Habs forward Lucas Lessio.