It is now official: Montreal Canadiens forward Andrew Shaw will not suit up for the Habs' final six games of the 2017-18 campaign.
A few weeks ago, Shaw made contact with Dallas Stars - and former Habs - defenseman Greg Pateryn midway through the third period of the matchup, but got the worst of the intense collision, which sent him crashing hard into the boards. Pateryn was uninjured on the play, and even attempt to retaliate before realizing Shaw was hurt and stopped short of punching him to allow teammates and medical staff to take a close look at him.
Shaw, who has a history of concussions, needed to be helped off the ice and dragged into the dressing room. However, it was revealed that Shaw's injury was not concussion-related - which is a relief. If the 26-year-old forward would have suffered one, it would have been his fifth head injury in his career.
The injury he sustained, or more precisely aggravated during the collision with Pateryn - is to his left knee. Shaw's father Doug revealed all the worrisome details to La Presse on Thursday, adding that his son's season was officially over..
"He had to wear a knee brace and he was not in top shape before the game against Dallas," Doug Shaw said in a telephone interview with La Presse. "He did not suffer a concussion that night against the Stars, but he aggravated his [knee] injury by falling on the ice as a result of his collision with [Greg] Pateryn."
"He probably should not have played those games after his injury against the Boston Bruins," added Doug Shaw. "But he's also played with broken ribs and a bad shoulder when he was in Chicago with the Blackhawks."
Shaw did indeed suffer an injury on that same back on January 13 at the Bell Centre, against the Bruins. He made a comeback on Feb. 28, playing seven games before falling with a similar ailment to the Stars. Shaw made a brief eight-game appearance in the lineup in the first half of March, but has missed a combined 25 games due to injury this year. He managed to notch 10 goals and 10 assists in 51 games.
However, this time around, he could be more serious for Shaw's career. The gritty forward has now traveled to Toronto to meet with a health specialist to determine if he needs to undergo surgery to repair the damage in his left knee.
Considering he hasn't played more than 68 games in two straight seasons, fans are starting to get worried. And Doug Shaw probably is too...