Montreal Canadiens lose defenceman Josh Gorges to season-ending knee surgery

Author:
Publish date:

MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens have lost veteran defenceman Josh Gorges for the rest of the season with a knee injury.

General manager Pierre Gauthier announced Thursday that Gorges will undergo surgery on his right knee and won't be back this season.

The Canadiens depleted defence corps has already lost star defenceman Andrei Markov to a knee injury that will keep him out of action for a year.

Gauthier said the club was expecting the bad news and got it today.

"Any time you lose a player it's a loss but in the case of Josh he's a strong leader and a great competitor," Gauthier said.

"We knew this was coming, we knew after Dec. 26 when his knee locked on the ice on Long Island, and from that point on we knew we'd have to replace him."

Gorges has missed the last four games, beginning on Dec. 28 against Washington. He had missed a number of practices during the season without missing any games until then.

Gauthier said Gorges was disappointed with the news and he'd hoped to come back but the doctors have told him otherwise.

The 26-year-old defenceman has one goal and six assists in 36 games this season.

TOP HEADLINES

Craig Anderson
Play

The Pressure is on for Capitals' Craig Anderson

It's not clear how long Washington might need the 39-year-old netminder to play in the playoffs, but he knows a thing or two about some fantastic playoff performances.

USATSI_15429857

Three Players to Watch on Every Canadian Playoff Team

Beyond the obvious quartet, which players will be pillars for the Canadian NHL teams this spring, should they hope to make a deep run?

AHL
Play

The Post-Season Nobody Wants to Play

Players in the AHL’s Pacific Division voted 133-8 against playing a playoff tournament this season, but the seven teams in the division are forging ahead. It’s created some hard feelings in a season that has been difficult on everyone