After suffering a fractured hand vs the Leafs on Saturday, the Canadiens are reporting that Gorges will leave the team and head back to Montreal for further evaluation.
Medical update - Josh Gorges - hand injury - is returning to Montreal today - will be reevaluated by team doctors.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 6, 2014
The initial X-ray revealed a fractured hand, meaning he'll likely miss at least two weeks of action.
Gorges as we know, is the ultimate warrior, playing a week's worth of hockey with a mangled hand. Although Stubbs and McGuire might have the Penguins game and the Leafs game mixed up:
I too would probably need some time off if a piece of rubber made my hand explode:
This means that Michel Therrien will be forced to shuffle his defensive pairings. The Mike Weaver acquisition is quite timely, as he could definitely slot into the top 4 and do a decent job replacing Gorges.
The defensive pairings could end up looking like this for the next few games:
Markov - Subban
Emelin - Weaver
Murray - Tinordi.
Although Michel Therrien might go in another direction and slot Emelin with Markov, or even Douglas Murray on the top pairing (yikes).