Martin St. Louis Returns To Montreal Canadiens Bench

Feb 22, 2024; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Montreal Canadiens head coach Martin St. Louis.
Feb 22, 2024; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Montreal Canadiens head coach Martin St. Louis. / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens are in the home stretch of their regular season. They now have 12 games left to play but are getting a huge boost before tonight's game.

The Canadiens will head to Denver to take on the Colorado Avalanche as they wrap up a five game road trip that took them through western Canada before traveling to Seattle where they took out the Kraken.

Since they began this trip on March 16th, they have been without head coach Martin St. Louis. He left the team abruptly after arriving in Calgary and the team released a statement that he would be away from the Canadiens for an undetermined amount of time to attend to a family matter.

St. Louis asked for privacy while he was away from the team and nothing else was reported about his absence. David Savard did mention during an intermission in the Flames game that the team was hoping for to win the game for St. Louis' son.

Not much else was said about St. Louis' absence until last night when it was finally reported he would be rejoining the team in time for the Avalanche game tonight. Assistant coach Trevor Letowski took over the head coaching duties in St. Louis' absence and the team went 1-3-0.

More importantly, it was released in the team's statement that St. Louis' son Mason suffered an injury while playing hockey, dealt with some complications from that but is now back home and recovering from his injuries. The teenager plays a high level of hockey in the Eastern United States and we wish him all the best in his injury recovery.

We are also happy to see Martin St. Louis will be back in his rightful place behind the Canadiens bench to close out the season. Hopefully a strong finish to 2023-24 can lead to a strong start in 2024-25 for this team.