Canadiens: Injury Bug Bites Hard

MONTREAL, CANADA - JANUARY 19: Cole Caufield #22 of the Montreal Canadiens and Givani Smith #54 of the Florida Panthers skate against each other during the second period at Centre Bell on January 19, 2023 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, CANADA - JANUARY 19: Cole Caufield #22 of the Montreal Canadiens and Givani Smith #54 of the Florida Panthers skate against each other during the second period at Centre Bell on January 19, 2023 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /
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MONTREAL, CANADA - NOVEMBER 22: Kaiden Guhle #21 of the Montreal Canadiens skates during the warmup prior to the game against the Buffalo Sabres at Centre Bell on November 22, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Montreal Canadiens 7-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
MONTREAL, CANADA – NOVEMBER 22: Kaiden Guhle #21 of the Montreal Canadiens skates during the warmup prior to the game against the Buffalo Sabres at Centre Bell on November 22, 2022 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Buffalo Sabres defeated the Montreal Canadiens 7-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images) /

What’s Causing the Injuries?

We may never know for sure what’s going on behind closed doors, especially in this department. Players have the right to privacy, especially in regard to their health. This makes it difficult to understand why injuries are such a problem in Montreal. While Cole Caufield has been open and honest about his injury, it usually hasn’t been so transparent. And that’s understandable, but it has left everyone in the dark.

Ideally, even if the fans and reporters covering the team don’t know, Kent Hughes does. It could, perhaps, be a crazy streak of bad luck, but it could also be a lack of preparation or even over-preparation. Just looking at some of these injuries, it feels like there may be something the Habs can do. Numerous players have had shoulder injuries. Last season, Kent Hughes himself said they had a lot of back injuries. It makes me think they need to do more to help players be in the best shape possible to go out and perform.

Whatever the problem is, Hughes and his staff need to get to the bottom of it quickly because this cannot continue. Everything needs to be re-evaluated, from training methods to recovery to anything in between. No stone can be left unturned.