Kaiden Guhle Out For The Remainder of the Season

Oct 4, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Kaiden Guhle. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 4, 2022; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Kaiden Guhle. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports /

Kaiden Guhle will miss the remainder of the season with a high ankle sprain, adding another name to an already extensive injury list. This is already the second significant injury Guhle has suffered in his young career, having missed 23 games earlier in the season. Both injuries occurred on the road against the Panthers. The good news is no surgery is required for the injury.

Guhle was having a fantastic rookie season for the Canadiens, registering 18 points in 44 games and playing solid defensively. Unfortunately, Guhle now joins fellow rookies Juraj Slafkovsky and Arber Xhekaj on the sidelines. Here’s to hoping for better health next season, especially for the younger talent.

The Canadiens have been hit harder by injuries than anyone else this season. It seems like whenever positive news on the injury front comes, it’s immediately met with a setback. Yesterday, Kirby Dach and Brendan Gallagher returned to the lineup after extensive injury breaks. Then the news about Guhle came out following the game, and Josh Anderson suffered a potentially serious injury in the final moments of Montreal’s 3-2 win over the Lightning. As a result, Anderson will miss the Canadiens’ next game vs. the Bruins on Thursday. The good news is that Jake Evans appears to be close to returning to the ice.

Much has been said about the medical staff in Montreal, with concerns over how injuries are handled, especially considering how many young players have been afflicted. It’s not good when the future of the organization is sitting on the sidelines, unable to play. With Guhle in particular, it appears as though he’s been dealing with all sorts of injuries all year long.

This series of tweets from Arpon Basu sent Habs Twitter into a frenzy yesterday, but the outrage might have been a little premature. Still, it’s not exactly reassuring to hear your young, prized defenseman is wearing a brace on both knees at just 21 years old. Rebuilds are tough enough as it is. It only becomes that much more challenging when the silver lining, the young prospects, are unavailable. Ideally, the Canadiens can figure out how to keep their players on the ice and healthy over the course of an 82-game season, not just for next season but for the next decade.

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