BROSSARD -- With the amount of injuries and ailments affecting the Canadiens’ roster these days, staying healthy is rapidly becoming a focus for Jacques Martin’s troops. Michael Cammalleri took a moment to discuss his illness and Andrei Markov
paid a visit to give a few words on his recent surgery.
Canadiens’ sniper Michael Cammalleri was spotted practicing with the team Friday morning, as he continues to return to game-shape after being sidelined with a virus that began affecting him last week.
“What I had was Type-A strep-throat. It’s pretty much a seven day virus. I really didn’t know what I was feeling during the game because the sore throat only came afterwards when I was off the ice, but while I was playing it started to feel that I was going to pass out whenever I got my heart-rate up too high,” explained Cammalleri on the illness that caused him to leave mid-way through last Saturday’s victory over the Bruins. “I tried to skate before the last game to see how I felt, but I only lasted for about five minutes on the ice”
“I started feeling a lot better yesterday though, and I feel good today,” continued Cammalleri. “Dr. Mulder did a great job of helping me to get better quick.”
As luck would have it, Cammalleri return has happened to coincide with the departure of fellow forward Max Pacioretty
who didn’t take part in the morning skate, spending the day instead, recovering at home. “I’m not sure if Pacioretty has the same thing, but I know a few guys haven’t been feeling great lately so it’s something that might go around a bit,” finished No.13 on the subject of his teammate, who Habs’ head-coach Jacques Martin confirmed, will be a game-time decision come Saturday night.
While Cammalleri continues to kick the bug ailing him for the past seven days, the other members of the Montreal Canadiens can only do their best to make sure the same virus doesn’t put them out of action at such a crucial moment in the season.
“We’re glad to have him back, even though now I have to listen to him again everyday,” joked Scott Gomez
of Cammalleri’s return to the dressing room. “He’s a great player, a goal-scorer and we’re a lot better team with him in the lineup. “The flu’s a tricky thing, you just try and take care of yourself and hope that you don’t wake up in the morning with a fever and the chills. You never know.”
Across the room, a stall that had remained empty for the better part of the last two-months was suddenly buzzing with activity as the Habs’ All-Star defenceman Andrei Markov
made his first appearance to address the media since undergoing a second bout of knee surgery on Dec. 8.
“The injury is very similar in nature to the one I already had, but this time around they going used a different technique during the operating and a tendon from a different place in my body,” explained Markov who took a moment to play doctor in an attempt to field as many possible questions.
“In a perfect world, I would be on the ice for tomorrow night’s game,” continued the Russian blue-liner, who this time around will have some company from Josh Gorges
during the long recovery process. “I’d much rather see Gorges on the ice and playing, but of course it will help and make things easier to deal with having someone else around.”Justin Fragapane is a writer for canadiens.comALSO READ:The third outdoor rink inaugurated One and counting... Downed by Pens On the Rise - Jan. 12, 2011