Extended absence for Komisarek
“That day, we had hoped that the worst news would be good news,” explained Guy Carbonneau of the original one-week prognosis. “Then the swelling went down and that changed the diagnosis. We hope to have Mike back before Christmas.”
The bruising blue-liner was injured during a fierce fight with the Bruins’ Milan Lucic on Nov. 13 in Boston.
Others have had to step up in his absence, with Josh Gorges leading the way as Andrei Markov’s current defense partner. Gorges logged over 27 minutes of ice time Thursday night in Ottawa.
“I don’t know if you can really refer to Josh as a surprise,” Carbonneau said. “I didn’t know him when he came here two years ago but he always works hard and doesn’t expect anything. Everyone always wants to play a lot and Josh deserves full credit for where he is.”
While waiting for No. 8 to return, Carbonneau knows he has options available.
“Mathieu Dandenault can always give us a hand on the blue line,” noted the Habs’ head coach. “And there’s also the option of calling up a defenseman from Hamilton. We’ll see. For now, I’m not worried.”
Heather Engel is a writer for canadiens.com