MONTREAL – The Canadiens’ clinic has been a busy place this year and although the schedule is diminishing, the season-long game of musical chairs is still going strong.
Guillaume Latendresse and Robert Lang have their spots reserved but while Alex Tanguay is ready to give his up, it won’t be vacant for long. Francis Bouillon will be taking his place after fell awkwardly behind Carey Price
’s net in the third period of Thursday night’s game in Pittsburgh. The preliminary diagnosis: minimum of four weeks.
“You always hope for the best but it’s definitely frustrating,” admitted Bouillon. “We’re saying weeks but there’s no timetable yet. I’ve had groin injuries in the past but when it happened, I knew it was pretty bad.”
Sidelined at the end of training camp and for the first five games of the campaign, the diminutive defenseman was knocking on wood, having missed 73 contests over the last three seasons.
“I’ve been lucky since the start of the season and got to play something like 50 straight games,” said the 32-year-old. “The tough thing with this type of injury is that I can’t train.”
One guy who has been doing just that is Tanguay, who was on the ice with his teammates once again as his return creeps closer.
“I’m feeling good. I’ll meet with team doctors on Tuesday to hopefully get the green light,” he noted. “There haven’t been any issues movement-wise. My power isn’t back at full force just yet but I didn’t expect to be back at 100% anyhow.
“I’m just anxious to get back and help the team.”
Now that's music to anyone's ears.Heather Engel is a writer for canadiens.comRead also:Thanks, Bob!The Habs this week