Rene Bourque has been locked out.
The Canadiens’ winger, who underwent abdominal surgery in the summer, received medical clearance this week and that means (a) he longer has access to the Canadiens’ training facilities and (b) he’s no longer being paid by the team.
Bourque, who came to the Canadiens last winter from Calgary in a trade for Michael Cammalleri, was injured while training in the off-season. Team physician David Mulder performed surgery on Bourque in August and the player had been receiving treatment at the team’s practice facility in Brossard.
Winger Petteri Nokelainen is still receiving treatment for an upper-body injury that left him on the sidelines at the end of last season.
In other news, Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin has assured Team USA general manager Jim Johannson that first-round draft pick Alex Galchenyuk will remain with the team at the World Junior Hockey Championship, even if the NHL lockout ends during the tournament.
Galchenyuk, the third overall pick at the 2012 NHL draft, is playing on Team USA’s top line. He’s tied for the lead in the Ontario Hockey League with 27 goals and is No. 2 in the OHL scoring race with 61 points.
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