The Canadiens were back on practice ice this afternoon at the Bell Centre to prepare for tomorrow’s matinée vs. the visiting Atlanta Thrashers.
Only Michael Cammalleri, newcomer James Wisniewski and Josh Gorges, the workhorse defenceman who was placed on injury reserve this week to let his injured right knee heal, were not on the ice.
No reason given for Cammalleri, who was seen in gym shorts and T-shirt shortly before the practice, but Wisniewski was having a few minor bumps and bruises tended to by training staff, and recovering a bit from a hard travel and playing stretch since he was acquired by the Canadiens from the New York Islanders.
On traded Canadien Maxim Lapierre, head coach Jacques Martin said in
French: “Maxim is a very good person, a very good professional, the type
of player who works hard.” Martin commended Lapierre for his service to
the Canadiens, but wouldn’t directly reply to a question about the
player’s claim that the coach had lost confidence in him in Montreal.
Price starts in goal Sunday afternoon against the Thrashers. Martin
said he’ll firm up his lineup before the game, having a seventh
defenceman and 13th forward with the arrivals of Wisniewski and David
Desharnais. If Martin knows how, where and when he’ll use Desharnais,
who’s been burning up the American Hockey League with the Hamilton
Bulldogs, he wasn’t letting on.
The Thrashers held an optional practice of their own Saturday, sending about a dozen players out for a light session. There were no goaltenders and no sign of star defenceman Dustin Byfuglien.