For the second straight summer, Canadiens captain Brian Gionta will be rehabbing a surgically repaired torn biceps tendon. This summer it’s his left arm … last year it was his right.
“If I had known,” Gionta told The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs this week, reclining on a treatment table in the Canadiens’ Bell Sports Complex medical clinic in Brossard, “I’d have had both done at the same time.”
Both operations were performed by Paul Martineau, the Canadiens’ head orthopedic surgeon.
“(Martineau) was telling me this time, ‘Make sure everyone knows it’s your other arm. Make sure they know it wasn’t anything I repaired last year that went wrong,’ ” Gionta said, laughing again.
Gionta has set off into a rehabilitation program that he hopes will have him ready for the September start of Habs training camp.
Meanwhile, it looks like Michael Ryder will not be coming back to the Canadiens next season. Ryder’s agent, Thane Campbell, told the Journal de Montreal that Ryder is not part of GM Marc Bergevin’s plans moving forward and will not receive a contract offer from the team. Ryder, 33, will become an unrestricted free agent.
The Habs acquired Ryder from the Dallas Stars in February in exchange for Erik Cole and a third-round draft pick this year. In 27 regular-season games with the Canadiens, he posted 10-11-21 totals. In five playoff games he had one goal and one assist.
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