Rene Bourque (Photo: US Presswire)
Why did Rene Bourque decide to have surgery now? Has the lockout situation grown more negative? Did he wait last minute to get the surgery?. There will be many questions surrounding Rene Bourque and the Montreal Canadiens, and if he doesn’t start the regular season on time. We do not know for a fact when Rene sustained the injury, but we do know that it was successful and he is expected to miss the next 2-3 months. With the NHL/NHLPA CBA negotiations ongoing it seems like Bourque made the right choice to have surgery now, but only if he sustained the injury earlier this month. What if Bourque injured himself in June or July, then what? would there be even more bashing. I know many fans are disgusted in the performance of Rene Bourque but I don’t think you can blame this on him unless….unless he was injured earlier in the summer, then you can fire away.
The Habs now face a situation where one of their top 9 players have gone down, meaning a roster spot is now vacant for a good chunk of the season barring we start within the next 12-16 weeks. The potential forwards that will be fighting for a roster spot are,
Louis Leblanc, Blake Geoffrion, Brendan Gallagher, Aaron Palushaj, Mike Blunden and Gabriel Dumont. I know many are going to say what about Alex Galchenyuk, well I put Alex in a different category. It is either he impresses by a wide margin and makes the roster or he doesn’t impress and stays in junior. My guess would be he goes back to junior for another season. For the others that I listed I believe Louis Leblanc has the best opportunity and my prediction is he plays with the Habs from day one. I still think that many others like Gallagher, Geoffrion and Palushaj will display their best, but Louis still holds the guaranteed position.
Now that the Leblanc holds that 12th forward position you still need an extra forward the 13th man. The main guys that can fill this void are Geoffrion, Palushaj and Blunden. From what I saw out of each of these players I think Palushaj is the best fit, only because he has the best upside and is arguably the better of the three. Blunden is a strong big forward but with Moen and White 100% healthy and the additions of Armstrong and Prust it pretty much makes him out of the question. Blake Geoffrion is similar to Palushaj, but still hasn’t showed his offensive upside putting him one notch below Palushaj.
The extra void in the Habs roster just makes things that much more competitive for the many others fighting for that one position.
Random Stat: Rene Bourque had a 0.21 points per game average in 38 games with the Habs, even lower then Scott Gomez in the same amount of games played.