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Pacioretty making progress in rehab from knee injury

by Arpon Basu

TERREBONNE, Quebec -- Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty's rehabilitation from a knee injury sustained last month is on schedule, according to coach Michel Therrien and Pacioretty's agent, Pat Brisson.

"Everything's going well with his rehab, honestly, so we're happy," Therrien said Tuesday at his annual charity golf tournament. "It's unfortunate [he got injured], but he's still able to train even if he's limited in the exercises he can do."

The Canadiens announced July 10 that Pacioretty would need 12 weeks to recover from the injury he sustained while working out in Florida. The timeline would have Pacioretty returning a few days prior to the Canadiens' 2015-16 regular-season opener Oct. 7 at the Toronto Maple Leafs, but would have him missing most, if not all, of training camp.

Max Pacioretty
Max Pacioretty
Left Wing - MTL
GOALS: 37 | ASST: 30 | PTS: 67
SOG: 302 | +/-: 38
"Max has always surprised us with his ability to return a little bit earlier than scheduled," Therrien said. "But right now everything's going well, he's recovering well, and that's good news."

Brisson said he exchanged text messages with his client last week and received the same report as Therrien.

"He progressing very well and he's going in the right direction," Brisson said. "It's Aug. 11, one month in, and he's going in the right direction."

Pacioretty led Montreal with 37 goals and an NHL career-high 67 points last season. He has scored at least 30 goals in each of his past three full seasons.

As Therrien suggested, Pacioretty has an established history of recovering more quickly than originally estimated. At the beginning of the 2013-14 season, the Canadiens announced Pacioretty would miss three weeks with a hamstring injury. He played 16 days later.

In February 2013, Pacioretty returned to play eight days after he had an appendectomy, a procedure that originally called for a recovery time of 3-4 weeks.

"I've been in contact with Max. I'm sure he'd like not to be injured, but he's going to be fine. He's been through worse injuries," Canadiens center Lars Eller said Saturday at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal. "I don't know, but with Max usually we'll see him back sooner than later."

Pacioretty was tied for first in the NHL in plus-minus last season (plus-38; Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay Lightning), second in game-winning goals (10), tied for fifth in goals, and tied for 21st in scoring.

Pacioretty has 144 goals and 136 assists (280 points) in 399 NHL games, including 21 game-winning goals the past two seasons.

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