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Notebook - Jan. 7, 2011

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
MONTREAL – In today’s Notebook: Roman Hamrlik and Yannick Weber discuss what the Habs’ current injuries mean for themselves and for the team.

Stepping Up: With two of the Canadiens’ top defensemen now shelved for the balance of the season, the remaining Habs’ blue-liners are going to have their work cut out for them. As veteran Roman Hamrlik continues to work towards making a return to the lineup, he took a moment to weigh in on his progress and what the loss of Josh Gorges will mean for the team.

“Having Gorges out is going to be a big challenge, not just for me but for everybody else out there. We’re missing a big two guys on D with Marky and Gorges gone and everybody’s going to have to step up,” commented Hamrlik on the latest injury to affect the Montreal squad. ““I knew in the beginning of the season he was hurt already, but now he’s going to take care of what he needs to take care of and he’ll be better and ready to go again next season. He’s doing the right thing.”

Still in the recovery process himself, Hamrlik appeared optimistic about his return to action coming sooner rather than later.

“I have to work a little bit extra and push myself a little bit harder out there to get back into shape, but it was a good skate for me today. I’m day-to-day right now. I might have taken a few more days off than other players, but right now it looks like I’m going to be ready for tomorrow.”

Proving Ground:
The Canadiens’ rookie defensemen will have some big shoes to fill in the coming months as they get set to see an increase in ice-time. As Yannick Weber pointed out, now that opportunity is knocking on his door, the only thing he can do is answer the call.

“It’s good to know that the coaches have confidence in me and think that I can play good games and contribute to the team. At the beginning of the season I knew that I was playing the last year on my contract and that I wanted to be playing here,” said Weber on his current role with the team. “With all the injuries right now, I’m going to get the chance to keep proving myself. I know this is going to be a very important season for me.”

Justin Fragapane is a writer for


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