It seems that the injury bug following NHL players heading to the Olympics just won’t stop. The latest victim is the Montreal Canadiens’ and Team USA’s Max Pacioretty.
In the first period of the Habs game against the Carolina Hurricanes, Pacioretty went hard to the net when he was hit by Hurricanes defenseman Brett Bellemore. He crashed back first into the post and stayed down for quite a while.
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Obviously, if this turns out to be a serious injury, it is really bad for the Habs. He is their top center and their is not much depth behind him. If he’s out for a long time, it will be even harder for the Habs to stay where they are in the playoff race.
Of course, in the short term, this really hurts Team USA at the Olympics. Pacioretty was set to be one of the most important parts of the US lineup. Now, they must really scramble to name a replacement if in fact, he can’t play.
One of the names that will obviously be looked into as a replacement will be the Ottawa Senators’ Bobby Ryan. A shocking omission from the original roster, their was quite a stir when Brian Burke’s comments about Ryan got out. Whether the two could come together again is the question.
Kyle Okposo of the New York Islanders is also a candidate as he is having a really good season on Long Island.