Canadiens’ Cole Caufield out for season with a shoulder harm


The Canadiens have struggled offensively this season and scoring targets simply received loads tougher because the workforce introduced that winger Cole Caufield suffered a season-ending shoulder harm and can bear surgical procedure within the close to future.  There isn’t any timeline for a way lengthy the restoration interval will take with an replace being anticipated after the medical procedures are accomplished.

Caufield performed in Thursday’s loss to Florida and was a full participant in follow on Friday, so the announcement comes as considerably of a shock.  TVA Sports activities’ Renaud Lavoie notes (Twitter hyperlink) that the harm isn’t one thing that simply occurred however has as an alternative been lingering for the previous a number of weeks.  The 22-year-old is tied for 11th within the league in targets this season with 26 whereas TSN famous earlier this week that he’s tied for eighth within the league in targets since Martin St. Louis took over behind the bench rather less than a 12 months in the past.  Caufield has over 21% of Montreal’s targets this season with the workforce rating 28th within the league in targets scored heading into Saturday’s motion.

Caufield is about to turn out to be a restricted free agent this summer season with out wage arbitration eligibility.  His case is one in all some intrigue given how productive he has turn out to be underneath St. Louis whereas GM Kent Hughes indicated earlier this week that preliminary discussions are underway with a need to lock him up on a long-term contract.  Nevertheless, together with his first season being a brief one having burned his first entry-level 12 months after his faculty marketing campaign, Caufield solely has 123 profession common season contests underneath his belt which is significantly lower than what most gamers that signal a long-term, big-money settlement after their first contract have.

In a corresponding roster transfer, the Canadiens introduced (Twitter hyperlink) that ahead Alex Belzile has been recalled from AHL Laval.  The 31-year-old has 13 profession video games of NHL expertise with Montreal during the last two seasons and has 13 targets and 12 assists in 29 video games with the Rocket this season.  Even with this recall, Montreal solely has 11 wholesome forwards on their lively roster, and they’re anticipated to decorate seven defensemen tonight towards Toronto.

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