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Jonathan Drouin placed on long-term injured reserve

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The forward will be away for the team for personal reasons.

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The Montreal Canadiens have announced that Jonathan Drouin will be away for the team for an undetermined period of time due to personal reasons and has been placed on long-term injured reserve.

Drouin has missed the last few games with an undetermined non-COVID related illness. He has 23 points in 44 games this season.

Long-term injured reserve means that he will miss at least 10 games or 24 days, which means he may be out for the remainder of the regular season. We wish Jonathan all the best.

The salary cap implications for him being placed on long-term injured reserve means that his salary can be replaced while he is out of the lineup. This would ease some of the concerns the team has had in that regard. Although this is very clearly a secondary aspect of the move.

Cole Caufield and Jake Evans are currently emergency recalls at forward.