Injury news: Josh Gorges fractured hand forces him to leave road trip

Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

The veteran defencemen will be leaving the western road trip and head back to Montreal to meet with doctors.

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.

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).

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