Spacek out 4-6 weeks

Defenceman Jaroslav Spacek visited Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham Monday and received some good news. He needs arthroscopic surgery to “clean up” his right knee but should be back in the lineup in 4-6 weeks which means he should be available for the playoffs. Josh Gorges and Andrei Markov also made the trip to Birmingham for followups on their knee surgeries. Spacek said no decision has been made on where the surgery will be performed but it will be done before the end of the week. Coach Jacques Martin said the news on Spacek was welcome.

The Canadiens held an optiional morning skate. Martin said that Ryan White, who was reassigned to Hamilton  yesterday afternoon and then recalled two hours later, will be in the lineup tonight while Tom Pyatt will watch from the press box. Yannick Weber and Alexandre Picard will be the healthy scratches on defence, 

Former Canadien Ben Maxwell is hoping to start for the Thrashers. He’s penciled in on a line with Chris Thorburn and Eric Boulton but he’s still waiting for his U.S. immigration clearance. He’s hoping it comes through this afternoon.  

57 Comments

  1. TripleX says:

    “At the end of the season, the Active Roster and Injured Reserve cease to exist; players cannot be placed on Injured Reserve during the playoffs, and there is no roster limit during the playoffs. Additionally, calculations for the purposes of determining compliance with the Upper Limit end upon the completion of the Regular Season. Therefore, a Club may use players whose Averaged Salaries exceed the Upper Limit during the playoffs – including any and all players who were designated for Long-Term Injured Reserve.”

  2. adamg84 says:

    So does this mean Weber makes way for Mara tonight? 

  3. krob1000 says:

    Well this explains why we didn;t make any move yesterday…all this “stand pat” nonsense annoys me but since they knew Spacek was returning tehy needed room for his salary which most of us thought was alreafdy off the books as he was allegedly gone for the season…..this makes things much more understandable. 

  4. TripleX says:

    Cap does not apply in the playoffs since the players are not paid.  Players salary only covers the regular season. 

    Any wonder why Montreal management has the playoff games as the goal?  All profit baby.

  5. SmartDog says:

    Does anyone know the lines?   Musta been a practice no?

    JT’s new breakdown of Gomez impact: http://habsloyalist.blogspot.com/2011/02/gomez-effect.html

  6. TripleX says:

    Yes.  Atlanta had their way with the Habs physically last game.  Will be interesting to see how Montreal’s “tough” lineup does.

  7. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Not trying to be funny or anything. But, who are the players on Montreal’s “tough” line?

  8. krob1000 says:

    I hate all these cap rules and never look them up but I thought it was only LTIR that gave cap relief and as such a 4-6 week injury would still mean that Spacek’s daily cap hit counts and we would be using space? clarify it if you will because I don;t know but that was my understanding

  9. HabsFanInTampa says:

    Nevermind, I get it. I read it incorrectly the first time.

  10. habs365 says:

    Say what you want about PG..he played it smart yesterday’s trade deadline..never gave away any assets..he knows the teams chance of winning a cup this year is not good..having said that..they’re could be upsits and things could change in a hurry other than that a cup this year is not looking good and like I said PG knows that..give him credit he played his cards right and the Habs will benefit down the road……

  11. SLONCOLD says:

    i would have looked at trading some one like hammer for picks. he’s a ufa next year and if the habs have no intention of keeping him, might as well get somethign for him.

  12. habsfanmandy says:

    I just want to point out that it seems to me when Pyatt is in the lineup, the PK is perfect, or near-perfect anyway. When he’s out, our PK suffers. I don’t think Pyatt is doing well enough this season, but this bears thinking about.

  13. Jordio-oh says:

    how cynical of you.

  14. shiram says:

    He still is an important part of the team, and the management probably wants the best players for a playoff run. They we’re saying saturday on RDS that he would be dealt, and I felt they we’re very wrong on that one. Glad I was right.

  15. habs365 says:

    Habs lineup for tonight against atlanta as of 12:36 pm  01 mar 11

    Halpern  Pleks  Cammy

    Max-Pac  Gomez  Gionta

    Pouliot  Desharnais  White

    AK46  Eller  Moen

    PK  Gill

    Hamrlik  Wisniewski

    Sopel  Mara 

  16. kirkiswork says:

    No one will give you much for a rental ufa.

  17. TripleX says:

    Interesting article in the NYT about Donald Brashear and a league I have to admit ignorance about, the L.N.A.H in Quebec.  According to the article it is recognized as the toughest league in the hockey world.

     

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/01/sports/hockey/01hockey.html?_r=1

  18. GrimJim says:

    Okay, Trip, you’re making progress. Congratulations on the research to determine what happens in the playoffs. You are absolutely correct on this. However, four weeks from today is March 29, which is still in the regular season when the cap is still in effect, so the cap still needs to be considered for its potential effect.

  19. punkster says:

    Step by step.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  20. punkster says:

    It will be interesting to see how Spacek and Hamrlik perform with less ToI. I like them both and I would think their respective games will be enhanced with the reduced minutes.

    ***Subbang!!!***

  21. Kooch7800 says:

    really?  Jason Arnott fetched quite a bit.

    We need Hammer though

  22. Mark C says:

    It sure seems like it. Based on goals allowed per 60 minutes, Pyatt ranks middle of the pack for Montreal fowards. Gionta, Halpren, and Gomez lead the way this year. Believe it or not, but Gomez was the leader last season and was second in the playoffs.

  23. AK_PK_Usay says:

    pretty much, lets face it, you don’t get all stars from trades, you draft pick them, drafting is as much skill as luck from the 3rd pick onwards.

     

  24. SLYDER says:

    any word on either Markov or Gorges back in time for playoffs? or is it 100% garunteed they are on the shelf until next season?

  25. LA Loyalist says:

    Do we get a quantity discount? Or at least Air Miles?

  26. HardHabits says:

    That has gotta be the most ridiculous comment today. Are serious? I would hope that neither gets rushed back even for the start of next season if need be.

    One more injury for Markov and his hockey career is done. I would recommend most if not all of next year off for him also but I am sure he and the Habs and fans like you can’t wait to put him on the precipice again.

    Effin’ retarded.

    Will Markov be back this season? Not even if the Habs make the SCF should either he or Gorges return.

    Now Sissy. There’s another story. He’s been a liability most of the season so his absence isn’t really missed but he does have the tendancy to turn it up a notch come play-off time not to mention he’ll be well rested.

    His return will be welcome, as much as it pains me to say it.


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