1 pacioretty IIMax Pacioretty suffered an off-ice knee injury  while training in Florida  Thursday. The injury is expected to keep him out of serious training three months or right up to the date of the Canadiens season opener in early October.

Beyond the recovery time, there are few details available regarding how the injury occured or it’s specific nature  although it has been learned that surgery will not be required.  News came via a brief release from the Canadiens Communications Department Friday afternoon (see below).

While Pacioretty is expected to be healthy enough to play on October 7th when the Canadiens open their season in Toronto, he would not have had the benefit of off-season workouts and a full training camp  which will probably leave his conditioning well behind that of  teammates and opponents.   The opening days of the season will be a test for even the fittest of players with the first four games on the road and seven games in thirteen nights.

On the brighter side, it should be noted that Pacioretty has confounded medical opinion in the past with earlier than predicted recoveries.  They are the stuff of legends and the league recognized it by awarding him the 2012 Masterton Trophy.  The Canadiens and Pacioretty’s personal trainers will now be working out a training regimen that will maintain some semblance of conditioning without pressuring his damaged knee.

From Canadiens Communications

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens announced Friday that forward Max Pacioretty suffered a knee injury. His recovery is expected to be 12 weeks.

Pacioretty, 26, suffered his injury while working out off-ice in Florida, Thursday, July 9, 2015.