The Canadiens are testing that old adage about never having too many defencemen.
The Canadiens were so scrapped for bodies at training camp Thursday in Brossard that they were forced to recall Darren Dietz from the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs.
The list of ailing defencemen grew when Davis Drewiske (photo above) and Francis Bouillon suffered injuries in practice Wednesday. Drewiske will be out for four weeks with a shoulder injury, which means he will miss the start of the regular season. That will almost certainly ensure a roster spot for Jarred Tinordi to start the year.
Bouillon is day-to-day with a lower-body injury and so is Douglas Murray, who missed his second day of practice.
Nathan Beaulieu, who suffered a shoulder injury at the start of training camp, has been practising with the extra players after coach Michel Therrien divided his roster into a main group and a group of extras.
The Canadiens will skate at 11:30 a.m. Friday in Brossard before heading to Quebec City to face the Carolina Hurricanes Friday night in preseason action (7:30 p.m., RDS). The Canadiens and Hurricanes will meet again Saturday night at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., RDS).
(Photo by John Kenney/The Gazette)