Here’s the hit that knocked Kaiden Guhle out of the game pic.twitter.com/UGqHOsrUHv
– Scott Matla (@scottmatla) February 11, 2024
Yesterday afternoon, the Montreal Canadiens lost to the Dallas Stars at home. They lost the game… but they lost two defensemen: Kaiden Guhle and Jordan Harris.
Harris’ case, as we’ve seen, seems clear: he looks concussed. I don’t expect to see him any time soon, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him head for the injured list.
What about Guhle? Let’s just say that the blow he suffered doesn’t exactly seem to have done him any good.
What I think is a shame about Guhle is that he has a history of injuries. Every time he gets tackled, you wonder if he’s going to get back up. And yesterday was even harder.
And in the light of Arpon Basu’s (The Athletic) article, we can’t help but be concerned.
If Guhle is out long-term – and looking at this, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be back anytime soon – the Habs will have a big problem on their hands. – Arpon Basu
It’s the kind of move that may mean the player won’t be away too long, but it’s also the kind of move that may mean the player won’t be back quickly.
And it’s not encouraging to see a journalist like that saying such things.
Canadiens weekly notebook: Kaiden Guhle goes down, Sam Montembeault gets his ring and more https://t.co/LBrf4sC9pp
– Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) February 12, 2024
And if the two injured players can’t play tomorrow, Laval will inevitably have to be recalled to fill a position on the blue line. That’s only to be expected under the circumstances.
Note that to make room for a recalled player, this would have to involve using the injured list, since the club has 13 forwards in town… including Brendan Gallagher, who will serve his final game of suspension tomorrow. So they don’t have the luxury of sending a Joshua Roy to Laval, let’s say.
Unless something big happens (like a trade or something), the injury list could be used to make room in the lineup between now and tomorrow’s game.
If Guhle and/or Harris were to be placed on the injured list to recall a defenseman, it’s safe to assume that a right-hander would be the lucky one. Justin Barron would have a good chance of being recalled, I’d imagine.
– Nick Barden (@nickbarden) February 10, 2024
But hey. Regardless of who will or won’t be recalled, the consensus is that the Habs would love to have Kaiden Guhle around. He’s clearly the Habs’ best young defenseman in 2023-2024 and looks like a veteran.
Replacing him wouldn’t be easy.
An injury of Guhle’s kind, no matter how severe, is also a reminder of just how important veterans Mike Matheson and David Savard are to the Habs.
– It hasn’t happened yet this year for the Habs.
Jacob Markstrom and Sergei Bobrovsky beat him to it pic.twitter.com/JjRwNSZSiN
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) February 12, 2024
– Clubs have a hard time making deals because of the cap. When things go wrong, it’s easier for the coach to bail out.
There have been 13 NHL head coaching changes since the end of last season. In my latest for@TheAthletic, spoke with Craig Berube, Gerard Gallant and Dean Evason about the pressure on today’s coaches and the reasons we are seeing so many changes https://t.co/McxVyAavSk
– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 12, 2024
Sean Monahan’s departure leaves a palpable void in the locker room, especially among the youngsters pic.twitter.com/c1IUvPuAmN
– Balado Bon Match (@BaladoBonMatch) February 12, 2024
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