Max Pacioretty skated a full 75-minute practice with his Canadiens teammates Friday, and a warmup before that, ending the Brossard session with everyone else by doing a series of lung-searing wind sprints. This came less than six days after he underwent an emergency appendectomy last Saturday.
Pacioretty is known to his teammates as Patch or Patchy. But The Gazette’s Dave Stubbs suggests the Canadiens should call him Wolvie, for Marvel Comics’ Wolverine, the mutant superhero whose adamantium skeleton and healing powers make him virtually indestructible.
Pacioretty was discharged from the Montreal General Hospital last Sunday about 16 hours after his surgery. On Monday, he told his wife, Katia, that he was going to the Canadiens’ Brossard training facility, and she laughed, expecting nothing less.
“It’s just a sick joke at this point,” Katia said brightly of how her husband heals. “He’s something else, this one.”
Here are some stories to keep you busy as we await the puck drop for Saturday’s 2 p.m. start against the Buffalo Sabres at the Bell Centre: