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Habs Daily: Kirby Dach’s Season Is Over, Special Team Problems



Montreal Canadiens forward Kirby Dach

All the latest Habs news, recent Montreal Canadiens stories, and information from around the National Hockey League.

Editor’s Note: I’d like to apologize for the lack of content on Tuesday, I was dealing with an injured back and was given bed rest by my doctors.

Habs News

  • The Montreal Canadiens wanted to get off to a good start without Kirby Dach in the lineup, but things quickly went south against the Minnesota Wild. The special teams, in particular, were awful. [Montreal Canadiens Special Teams Collapse Versus Minnesota Wild]
  • Following the game, the Canadiens announced that Dach would miss the remainder of the season due to requiring surgery on both his MCL and ACL.

  • Nick Suzuki was among the many Canadiens players who lamented the loss of Kirby Dach in the lineup.


  • Head coach Martin St-Louis was happy to see Dach at the rink, even if he was not cleared to play.


National Hockey Now Network

  • Former Hab Jeff Petry is having a hard time finding minutes with his new team. [Detroit Red Wings]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired a pair of minor-leaguers from Vancouver for two who have been with their American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre. [Pittsburgh Penguins]
  • If you look at the forward core of the Colorado Avalanche, you might think they’re completely set, but in the NHL, you should never stop trying to improve your club. On Monday, one NHL insider linked the Avalanche to Patrick Kane, who is still recovering from off-season hip surgery. Could the Avalanche add the three-time Stanley Cup Champion? Never say never. [Colorado Avalanche]
  • What you’ve seen from the Boston Bruins so far in this young 2023-24 NHL regular season is likely what you’ll see until at least the 2024 NHL Trade Deadline on March 8.  The Boston Bruins are off to a 2-0-0 start after grinding out a 3-1 win over the Chicago Blackhawks last Wednesday and a 3-2 win over the Nashville Predators this past Saturday.[Boston Bruins]
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Its already started…just two games into the season. Dach gone…who’s next?

My mother had a neat saying, “it ain’t paranoia if its real”.

We are so used to this injury crap, we expect it. If its not here now just wait for it, it will come. It must be a hex of some sort, but stemming from where I have no idea.

There will be another, then another, and so on.

Those of you wishing for a Top 3 pick in the 2024 draft will probably be obliged. Its not lack of talent or youth/inexperience that is doing in this team…ITS THE CONTINUED AND RELENTLESS INJURIES.


Get well soon, Marc.