The Montreal Canadiens have sent defenceman Josh Gorges home early from their Western Conference road trip so that he can have his fractured hand re-assessed by team doctors in Montreal.
It is believed that Gorges injured his hand blocking a shot in Saturday night’s 4-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Gorges has played two games since that time, including 21:21 in ice-time in last night’s 4-3 shootout victory over the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Gorges is third on the Habs defence in ice-time this season.
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The Canadiens acquired Florida Panthers defenceman Mike Weaver on Tuesday, and considering that he plays a similar style to Gorges and will be able to take over some of the big minutes that Gorges plays on the Canadiens penalty kill, this additional depth looks to have been an important trade deadline move by general manager Marc Bergevin.
Weaver will make his debut in Montreal’s game against Phoenix tonight. Weaver will play on the third pair with Douglas Murray. Meanwhile rookie Jarred Tinordi will take Gorges regular spot beside reigning Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban.
He won’t be the only new Hab playing his first game as Thomas Vanek will also play his first game for Montreal. Vanek is expected to play on a line with Tomas Plekanec and captain Brian Gionta.
Peter Budaj is expected to start as Carey Price remains on injured reserve with a groin injury.
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