Monday has already been a busy day for the Habs who have lost two players to injury while adding a newcomer via the waiver wire.
On the injury front, Phillip Danault has been diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms and is out indefinitely. The news comes as no surprise after he took a Zdeno Chara shot to the side of his head on Saturday night. Head coach Claude Julien confirmed that the symptoms are headaches and that he will not travel with the team following tonight’s game.
Danault isn’t the only player out of the lineup as Andrew Shaw is out indefinitely with a lower-body injury that was also sustained on Saturday. He will be re-evaluated in the next seven to ten days.
As a result of Danault and Shaw both being out, Daniel Carr and Byron Froese will both play against the Islanders. However, instead of playing Froese at his natural centre position, Paul Byron will shift over and play down the middle tonight.
The Habs also made a waiver claim on Monday, adding Logan Shaw from the Ducks. While he can play centre, he has been deployed more frequently on the right wing. In 42 games with Anaheim this season, he has two goals and six assists while averaging 11:29 per game in ice time. He’s likely to be deployed on Montreal’s penalty kill after averaging 2:01 per night shorthanded with Anaheim.
The 26-year-old has played in 150 career NHL games between Anaheim and Florida, scoring 10 goals while adding 15 assists. He carries a league minimum cap hit of $650,000 this season and will be eligible for restricted free agency in the summer. He won’t be in action tonight and will catch up with the team in advance of their next game on Wednesday in Boston.