Forward Max Pacioretty will be out three to four weeks after undergoing an emergency appendectomy in Montreal Saturday evening, the Canadiens announced in a terse press release.
Pacioretty wasn’t at the team’s practice on Saturday morning due to flu-like symptoms. After practice, coach Michel Therrien said Pacioretty had a bit of a fever and would be re-evaluated on Sunday.
The team announced at 8:21 p.m. that he had undergone an appendectomy.
Pacioretty led the Canadiens in points last season and was second to linemate Erik Cole in goals with 33.
Pacioretty sent out this tweet shortly after noon on Sunday:
“Thanks for the support fans, just a small bump in the road , but can’t wait to get back to playing soon.. ”