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Caufield will miss the remainder of the season with the Canadiens, and will undergo shoulder surgery

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An update on her post-surgery recovery will be posted.

“I mean, he was injured earlier in the season,” said coach Martin St. Louis. ” [It’s] Something he was playing with was evaluated every game. It was something he had to deal with. We received a tip late last night that led us down this road. »

Cofield, who turned 22 on January 2, leads the Canadiens in scoring with 26 goals in 46 games this season and is second in points (36) behind the center. Nick Suzuki (38 points; 16 goals, 22 assists).

He had three shots on goal, two touchdowns, a rebound and a rebound in 17:41 of ice time in the 6-2 loss to the Florida Panthers on Thursday.

“Obviously it was hard for Cole,” said Suzuki, the Montreal captain. “I feel for him, he wants to be here and play. He’s a little bit upset, but I think it will be the best for his future and next year for sure.

“Obviously he’s an important player for us and a big part of the dressing room and on the ice, and everyone will have to step in and try to add some enthusiasm and energy to Cole and what he brings to the rink every day.”

Canadiens striker Josh Andersonwho underwent surgery on his left shoulder while a member of the Columbus Blue Jackets on March 2, 2020, said he spoke with Cofield about the procedure before Saturday’s practice.

“All the conversations have been positive, knowing 100 percent he’s going to be OK, and he’s going to get over this, and that’s better for him as well,” Anderson said. “I told him that when I had surgery, my left shoulder was stronger than the right. So he loved hearing that part. I’m still convinced he still scores more goals than today, so it’s definitely going to make him stronger.”

Selected by the Canadiens with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft, Cofield averaged 84 points (53 goals, 31 assists) in 123 games over three NHL seasons. He also had 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 20 Stanley Cup playoff games in 2020-21, when Montreal lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning in five games in the Cup Final.

Canadian general manager Kent Hughes said Thursday that Montreal would like to sign Caufield for a long term contract. Caufield could become a restricted free agent after this season.

Caufield’s injury is the latest to hamper Montreal’s comeback.

straight ahead Sean Monahan (lower body) placed on the injured reserve Monday Long, FW George Slavkovsky Will miss three months with a lower body injury, in the middle Jake Evans Will miss the 8-10 weeks due to a lower body injury, forward Jonathan Darwin forward Joel Jeremy They will each be out until the NHL All-Star break with an upper body injury and a goaltender Jack Allen He was probably out for a week with an upper body injury.

Drouin was placed on injured reserve Saturday backdated to January 16. Canadians also called the offensive Alex Pelzel De Laval of the American Hockey League.

NHL.com Editor Tracy Meyers and freelance writer Sean Farrell contributed to this report

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