Jan 6th, 2013 | By | Category: Canadiens, Latest News

The good news is, the NHL lockout appears to be over.   The bad news, at least two members of the Canadiens will be showing up as damaged goods when training camp opens this week in Brossard.

Tomas Plekanec – Kladno Knights

The  biggest worry, for obvious reasons, is the injury to Tomas Plekanec.

Plekanec was taken to hospital during the Czech Extraliga Kladno home game against Trinec Friday December 28th with what was feared to be a serious rib injury.  X-rays  proved negative.  Still, he missed Kladno’s next two games and  with news of a potential end to the lockout, had no intention of further injury risk by playing Sunday at Pilsen.  Without Plekanec and linemates Jaromir Jagr   and Jiri Tlusty, both of  whom opted out because the CBA settlement, Kladno lost to Pilsen 4-1.

Plekanec told the Kladno newspaper Kladensky Denik Sunday,  “The injury is painful, especially when I make an unexpected rotary motion.  I am only at fifty percent.

One can harken back to the misdiagnosis of the KHL injury suffered by Andrei Markov in late October by hospital doctors in Chekhov.    After examination, Markov was told he had bruised ribs and would miss perhaps one or two games.  It was later discovered the ribs were  cracked and he was  out of the lineup just over a month. The good news is, Markov is now healthy.   Markov was in the lineup for the final time Sunday as Chekhov beat Yaroslavl  2-1.  He didn’t pick up a point.  His icetime was 18:45.  He’s expected to fly to Montreal on Monday.

23-Scott Gomez – Alaska Aces

Scott Gomez has been forced to miss eight of his last eleven Alaska Aces/ECHL games including Saturday night’s game at Ontario California.  The team has been vaguely referring to it as a “lower body” injury.  Gomez has not played two games in a row since the problem surfaced during a home game against the Utah Grizzlies December 9th.  There are suspicions that it’s a recurrence of a problem he had in late November when he missed four of five games.  The recurring nature of the injury has all the earmarks of a  groin injury that won’t go away which could damage whatever lingering comeback hopes he might have entertained  in what will be a shortened training camp.

Lars Eller informed Finland’s JYP Jyväskylä  team management Thursday that he would be returning to Montreal following the team’s two weekend games.  He was already in transit when the tentative CBA agreement was announced.

Raphael Diaz and David Desharnais played their final games in the Swiss League on Saturday.  Desharnais will return to Montreal in a good frame of mind after Spengler Cup participation and five points in his final two SNL games.   Diaz leaves as the Swiss League’s highest scoring defenceman.    Yannick Weber was scheduled to play a Sunday game against Rapperswil  but rather than risk injury with Canadiens training camp looming, elected to take himself out of the lineup.

How the Eight Active Locked-Out Habs Fared  –


Tomas PlekanecRytíři Kladno        32GP  -21goals,25 assists =46 points   Plus-10

David Desharnais – HC Fribourg      16GP  – 4goals, 12 assists =16 points.  Plus-5

Lars Eller – JYP Jyväskylä                  15GP  – 5goals, 10 assists = 15 points  Plus-2

Scott  Gomez-Alaska Aces/ECHL     11GP –  6goals,   7  assists = 13 points   Plus-4


Raphael Diaz –   EV Zug                     32GP  – 7 goals, 22 assists =29 points

Yanick Weber – Geneva-Servette   32GP –  5 goals, 16 assists =21 points

Andrei Markov –  Vityaz Chekhov   20GP  – 1 goal,     4 assists  = 5  points    Plus-4

Alexei Emelin –  Ak-Bars Kazan      24GP  – 2 goals,   7 assists  =  9  points   Plus-1




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