Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Gionta adds to Canadiens injury problems

image Brian Gionta (seen here Oct 1) could be out up to five weeks – Reuters photo

If it wasn’t bad enough that the Montreal Canadiens (10-11-0) continue their season without all-star defenceman Andrei Markov, Wednesday’s news got no better.

It was announced by the team that forward Brian Gionta has a broken foot and is out indefinitely. Speculation is that it could be up to five weeks.

Gionta suffered the injury during a Nov 3 game against the Atlanta Thrashers. He managed to appear in the next four games, but was a last-minute scratch in  Saturday’s game against Nashville and sat out on Tuesday against Carolina.

“It’s frustrating,” Gionta said. “We’re trying to get things back on track but at this point, I can’t help the guys out.”

The 30-year-old winger has 13 points in 19 games this season and is arguably one of the Canadiens’ best two-way forwards.

"The players will have to raise their game to try to make up for it," coach Jacques Martin said. "It opens a door for someone. We've been waiting for that since the start of the season."

Martin also stated that he will use the forwards he has on the current roster to fill the void, and not make any call ups from Hamilton for the time being.

There was some good news on the injury front however as defenseman Ryan O’Byrne and forward Georges Laraque were cleared for game play.

O’Byrne will most likely dress Friday, against the Washington Capitals, while Laraque could be a game-time decision.

1 comment:

Justin said...

Will the agony never end?!?!?! I mean, as if things weren't bad enough :(