MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Saturday that goaltender Jose Theodore has sustained a fracture of the right heel bone and he will be out of action for a period of six to eight weeks.
Theodore suffered the injury on Thursday night when he lost his footing walking down the stairs outside his Montreal home. Freezing rain falling on the city made for treacherous walking conditions.
Montreal Canadiens Chief Surgeon Dr. David Mulder and Orthopedic Consultant Dr. Eric Lenczner confirmed the initial diagnosis following comprehensive exams on Friday.
"Jose was a victim of an unfortunate accident and we all feel for him," said Bob Gainey. "He will get on with his rehabilitation as soon as the condition of his heel allows him to do so. We hope to have him back in time to help the team down the final stretch."
"It was bad luck and even though I am very disappointed of the outcome, I can only wish that my rehab period will be as quick and short as possible," said Theodore. "I intend to come back strong and contribute to the team’s success through the last part of the regular season and in the playoffs," added the 29-year-old netminder.
The Montreal Canadiens will notify the media of Jose Theodore and Bob Gainey’s availability early next week.