According to a statement issued earlier this morning but the Montreal Canadiens, team captain Max Pacioretty is expected to be out of the team’s lineup for the next four to six weeks as he recovers from a knee injury.
According to the official release from the team:
In Pacioretty's case, the captain suffered a knee injury on March 2 in Brooklyn, and is expected to take four to six weeks to recover.
Given that the Habs have just five weeks left in their regular season schedule and that they currently sit nowhere CLOSE to a Stanley Cup playoff position, it’s likely that Pacioretty’s season is done. And, if you believe that Pacioretty will be traded this offseason, as has been reported by multiple analysts and insiders, it’s likely that he has played his final game with the Montreal Canadiens.
Wow. If this is indeed the end of Pacioretty in Montreal, what a miserable way to go out. The native of New Canaan, CT has struggled this season, managing just 17 goals and 37 points in 64 games. It’s Pacioretty’s worst offensive season in eight years. Ouch.
The real question is whether or not the perennial 30+ goal scorer can rebound next season or if this is it for the now 29-year-old sniper? Given his lack of production and his injury history, who is going to offer up significant assets in exchange for Pacioretty? The answer may not matter as Habs general manager Marc Bergevin has shown no mercy in trading away players with little regard for the return. He’s an “addition by subtraction” kind of GM, for better or worse.
Lost in the shuffle of the Pacioretty news and trade speculation is also the fact that Habs rookie Victor Mete is likely out for the season, as well.
The 19-year-old rookie has been a shining bright light for the Habs in an otherwise dark and dismal season. The youngster has seven points in 49 NHL games this year and was a major contributor in Team Canada’s gold medal victory at the 2018 World Junior Championships in Buffalo, New York.
According to the team:
As for Mete, he suffered a fractured finger in that same game at the Barclays Center, and is expected to be out for six weeks.
Ouch. Rest up kid, you’ve got a bright future in Montreal ahead of you. As for Max though…