Saturday, December 13, 2008

Oh, Woe is Montreal

It's a nervous time in Montreal. The infirmary is looking quite full and the Canadiens doctors are keeping quite busy with the growing list of injuries. Already without Mathieu Dandenault, who was highlighted earlier in the week, the Canadiens will be without three other big players for the immediate future.

First of all, we'll start with the captain, Saku Koivu. The Draft pick of Marcus' will now be on the sidelines for a couple of weeks, thanks to a MRI revealed some damage, likely in his foot, but it's definitely a lower body injury. Koivu, this season, has 22 points (7G, 15A) for the Habs and has been one of the key reasons that the team has had so much success this season. Two weeks isn't terrible news, but for fantasy reasons, it certainly doesn't help Marcus and his team, as he is in the mix for the money.

Next, it's pretty bad news for Christopher Higgins and his shoulder injury. Higgins is scheduled to miss the next six weeks with his shoulder injury. This is a similar shoulder injury, which is keeping Mike Komisarek out of the line-up at the moment. Higgins, a Draft pick of Ryan's, has only 9 points in 20 games for the Habs, which is a pretty disappointing start to the season. There is a good chance that Higgins will be dropped at the second waiver draft by Ryan, because of his slow start.

Finally, the team doesn't expect to have Carey Price in their crease for at least the next four days, giving Jaroslav Halak the reins in net and they have called up Marc Denis to back him up. Price is also suffering from a lower body injury, which is bad news for goalies. This certainly doesn't improve Grant's standing in the Draft, as he will be suffering without his first round pick. Price is also a pretty popular pick in the Selection Sheet, especially with trades during the year.

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