Montreal Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin sustained a season-ending injury to his knee against the Boston Bruins in early April that has him missing the final 10 games of the season. He will now likely miss the start of the 2013-14 season.
The Canadiens announced yesterday afternoon that Emelin successfully underwent reconstructive knee surgery to repair his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and medial collateral ligament (MCL). He will require approximately six months of rehabilitation, which will take him into the start of next season.
Montreal was riddled with injuries this past year and Emelin’s injury was definitely a compounding factor. Although they did make it into the playoffs, the Ottawa Senators ended the Canadiens post-season hopes surprisingly early. The injuries, especially to Emelin, played a big role in the early exit, so his being out for the start of the upcoming 2013-14 season will most likely impact the team then as well.
In other team news, the Canadiens signed two key prospects yesterday. Defenseman Magnus Nygren and forward Sabastian Collberg were both signed to entry-level contracts. Nygren’s contract is for two years and was drafted by Montreal in the fourth round (113th overall) of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft while Collberg was signed to three and was drafted by Montreal in the second round (33rd overall) in the 2012 draft.