The diagnosis was made in the case of David Savard and is part of a long list of unfortunate cases the team has experienced in recent seasons.
The 33-year-old defender, who fell victim to a fractured left hand, will have to miss six to eight weeks of activity. However, he should not go under the knife.
This is another heavy loss for the Habs, who are already without the services of Kirby Dach for the rest of the season and Kaiden Guhle for at least a few weeks.
“You can’t buy his experience. Martin St-Louis said a little more than an hour before the game against the Devils at the Bell Center that there aren’t many game situations Savvy hasn’t seen in his career. Those are things a young defenseman still has to learn.”
Savard suffered a fracture midway through the third period on Monday night in Buffalo. While the Canadian player was short of men, the experienced player blocked Tage Thompson’s two one-time shots almost consecutively.
The first broke his hand, and the second blew off the blade of his right skate. Despite everything, he insisted on finishing his existence by doing his best to help his team. A bold gesture that earned him the admiration of his teammates.
“It’s hard to put into words everything he does for the team, whether it’s on the ice or off it. He always puts his team first. We saw that clearly in this series. When you see that kind of sacrifice, it forces everyone to give a little bit more,” Jake Allen said after that meeting.