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Near and far

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

BROSSARD – Two familiar faces were back at their stalls in the Habs dressing room on Monday morning. One is approaching his imminent return; the other still has a ways to go.

With only one fleeting game as a Hab under his belt, Chris Campoli met with the media for the first time since beginning to skate solo following the lower body injury he sustained in the season opener in Toronto.

“When you’re hurt it’s always tough, but I feel like I’m making progress. There’s not a whole lot to report. I’m working as hard as I can, but at this time I have no real idea when I’ll be back. It would be unfair to put a date on it at this time,” explained Campoli who nonetheless is pitching in on the team effort of growing Movember mustaches. “I haven’t gotten too much credit for having it though, and a few of the guys were bugging me about that. Cancer is something that touches us all though, and I’ve personally lost a few close friends to it.”

Hal Gill and Chris Campoli - road to recovery.

After being shelved for the Canadiens’ last four games, Hal Gill was back in the mix, paired with Andrei Markov for the team’s Monday morning skate. While the Habs’ resident giant made it clear was he still wasn’t ready to return against the Bruins, he expects to be fit for action Wednesday night against the Carolina Hurricanes. 

“I’m feeling much better, thank you,” dropped  Gill as he set the record straight on his condition. “I had a cut on my leg that somehow ended up getting infected, and the infection got into my blood and that’s what’s kept me out. I’ve been recovering on antibiotics and everything’s better now. I skated today, and while I can definitely tell that I haven’t laced up in a week, it felt good to be out there on the ice and to have my energy back again.”

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