Posted by TheHockeyGuy on February 3rd, 2010
Here’s an example of what kind of season the Canadiens have been experiencing: Matt D’Agostini was recalled from a conditioning assignment in Hamilton but, when he reported to the Canadiens on Monday, he was in no condition to practise.
D’Agostini, who was recalled ahead of schedule because of the knee injury to Michael Cammalleri, is expected to play Tuesday night against the Vancouver Canucks (7:30 p.m., RDS, CJAD Radio-800), but general manager Bob Gainey has the Bulldogs on speed dial in case another player is needed.
The only update on Cammalleri’s condition was a confirmation that he suffered an injury to his right knee when he was checked by Ottawa defenceman Anton Volchenkov Saturday. He has undergone an MRI examination and met with a doctor on Monday.
TSN reported that he has damage to the medial collateral ligament and will be out for six to eight weeks. The most optimistic outlook has him on the sidelines until after the Olympic break. Coach Jacques Martin was hard-pressed to remember a season in his long coaching experience when a team missed so many key players. Cammalleri joins an injured list which includes forward Andrei Kostitsyn and defencemen Paul Mara and Jaroslav Spacek.
“We had a stretch in November when we were missing Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta and Andrei Markov and we did okay because we played well defensively and we played as a team,” said Martin, referring to a 4-1-1 stretch in mid-November.
Click here to read the full article – By of Montreal Gazette