With Christian Dvorak’s season now over, the #GoHabsGo will have to recall a forward from the AHL.
But there aren’t very many great options in Laval.
Here’s the low-downhttps://t.co/3xyf2kmDIs
– Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) January 4, 2024
Earlier today, the Canadiens announced that Christian Dvorak’s season is over. The forward suffered a torn pectoralis major and will have to go under the knife to heal his boo-boo.
This means that the club must now juggle another injured forward… And it means that the club will obviously have to recall a forward from the Rocket, because the Habs currently have 11 forward players.
The Tricolore will be playing with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen tonight, but that won’t be the case for the rest of the season, after all.
That’s true in a way, because Brandon Gignac doesn’t have an NHL contract and because Riley Kidney (ill) is sidelined at the moment.
Otherwise, I’d like to see the Habs give Sean Farrell a chance to shine. The forward is doing well in his first pro season (16 points in 22 games) and also has some NHL experience (6).
But the energy of a guy like Xavier Simoneau could also help the Habs’ lineup. We’re talking about a support player who has a nice offensive output in the AHL this season (16 points in 25 games), and it’s his fighting spirit that makes him an interesting player for any coach. His style is very similar to Brendan Gallagher’s, for example.
Lias Andersson also comes to mind. The forward, who can play both center and wing, had a dazzling start to the season in Laval… But then he got hurt and didn’t collect any points in his last seven games. He certainly doesn’t look like the Lias Andersson of the early season.
I can’t wait to see the Habs’ decision. On the face of it, if management wants to go with the most deserving, it’s Gignac who should be recalled. However, the fact that he’s without an NHL contract puts a spanner in the works, and I don’t see Kent Hughes panicking and adding another contract to his list.
Dvorak’s injury… What does it mean for Monahan?
Nick Suzuki, Sean Monahan, Jake Evans and Mitchell Stephens are the four remaining centers in the Habs’ line-up… And the club’s depth is starting to look a little tough. Especially since Newhook is better on the wing.
But Dvorak’s injury could also change things for Monahan. Monahan is seen as a potential trade chip between now and the next trade deadline, and we know how important he is to the Habs.
He’ll be even more so with Dvorak gone, that said. And we wonder whether this will play a role in Kent Hughes’ ultimate decision.
Christian Dvorak will miss the remainder of the season with a torn pectoral muscle.
Will it affect how the Canadiens feel about trading Sean Monahan at the deadline?
– Mitch Gallo (@MitchyGallo) January 4, 2024
– A little bird tells me he’s in for a good game.
Originally from Dollard-des-Ormeaux, goaltender Devon Levi will play the 1st game of his career at the Bell Centre tonight.
“I extended my training because I wanted to enjoy the moment. Being in Montreal is special. There are so many good goalies who have played here.” pic.twitter.com/6Lc3aoxEmR
– Anthony Martineau (@Antho_Martineau) January 4, 2024
Just for fun, with all the players eligible and healthy, two lineups Canada would have been able to field at the WJC.
– Marc-Olivier Beaudoin (@MOBeaudoin1) January 4, 2024
– Looks a lot like this.
Kirby Dach waiting for Christian Dvorak in the Habs injured players’ lounge.
– /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) January 4, 2024
– Good news. Glad to see he’s doing well.
– The Mets add depth to their lineup.