Laraque ailing again, Halak returns

Jaro Halak has rejoined his teammates in Atlanta.
John Mahoney, Gazette

Georges Laraque is out indefinitely with a lower back injury, the same ailment which kept him on the sidelines for six weeks after Christmas. Laraque left the game in Buffalo Wednesday after the second period. 

Goalie Jaro Halak, who missed last night’s game in Buffalo with the flu, rejoined his team for the practice. Marc Denis was returned to Hamilton.

Mathieu Schneider, who was traded from Atlanta to Montreal three weeks ago, was excused from practice so that he could attend to some personal business while Max Pacioretty had what the team described as a therapy day. 

It’s a good day to take off because coach Guy Carbonneau, who wasn’t happy with the team’s performance in the 5-1 loss in Buffalo, is running a practice that’s long on skating and short on pucks. 


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