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Report: Plekanec could miss opening of training camp

Monday, 01.07.2013 / 10:28 AM / News

NHL.com

The Montreal Canadiens might have to start training camp without top center Tomas Plekanec, who suffered what the Montreal Gazette reported to be an upper-body injury in late December while playing for Kladno in the Czech Republic.

"It's nothing serious," Plekanec told the newspaper. "I should be playing in a week, 10 days maximum. Maybe quicker when I get proper treatment."

Plekanec hopes to get a full report on his health when he is examined by Canadiens doctors once the new Collective Bargaining Agreement is ratified and training camps open.

Plekanec was second on the team with 35 assists last season, and fourth with 52 points.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round