The Montreal Canadiens have announced that three of their veteran defensemen have been injured in the past few days.
Davis Drewiske, is going to be out for four weeks with a shoulder injury. Drewiske may not have been in the opening night lineup anyway, but will definitely miss the first two weeks of regular action now.
Francis Bouillon and Douglas Murray have both been listed as day to day, and missed practice yesterday. The pair, a likely third pairing if healthy, should be back in time for opening night, but if not, the door has already swung open for young defenders to take their place.
There were many critics of Bergevin spending cap space on three defensemen who were considered old, and a bit sluggish. Adding injury prone to their resume makes matters much worse for the veteran trio.
To fill in for the defenders, the Canadiens have recalled Darren Dietz, who was sent to Hamilton on Monday. The 20 year old should see action this weekend, as the Canadiens play back to back nights against the Carolina Hurricanes. Tonight, the teams face off in Quebec City, and tomorrow night at the Bell Centre in Montreal.
With 38 players remaining in camp, the rosters for each game will not be very similar, as Michel Therrien mentioned on Monday, they want to get to know everyone that is still around.
Luckily, they have enough young defensemen around, such as Jarred Tinordi, Nathan Beaulieu, Dietz, and Magnus Nygren, to fill in for the injured veterans.