Canadiens' Galchenyuk not expected to be ready until Eastern Conference finals

Apr 24, 2:55 PM

The Montreal Canadiens are the first team to advance past the opening round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, but they are not expecting to have forward Alex Galchenyuk back in the lineup in time for their next series.

According to Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette, the 20-year-old is not expected to be ready until the Eastern Conference finals, should the team advance that far.

Galchenyuk suffered a knee injury in Chicago near the end of the regular season and was ruled out for four-to-six weeks.

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May 19, 5:49 PM

Canadiens' Galchenyuk prepares to play Game 2 vs. Rangers

May 19, 5:49 PM

Undergoing his typical pre-game routine, Alex Galchenyuk appears ready to re-insert back into Montreal's lineup for the first time in over a month as the Canadiens prepare for their pivotal Game 2 showdown with the New York Rangers. 

The sophomore forward was injured April 9 in Chicago after being pinched along the boards by Marian Hossa. 

He scored 13 goals and 31 points in 65 games for Montreal.  

Michael Bournival is expected to sit in favor of Galchenyuk, per Dan Rosen of NHL.com. 

May 18, 1:19 PM

Michel Therrien: Canadiens' Galchenyuk 'a possibility' for Game 2 on Monday

May 18, 1:19 PM

With the status of their all-world goaltender in question, fans of the Montreal Canadiens can take a shred of solace in the fact that Alex Galchenyuk could be re-inserted into the team's Game 2 lineup. 

On the mend from a knee injury suffered against the Chicago Blackhawks in April, Galchenyuk was cleared for contact before the series and has been practicing with teammates. 

May 16, 11:03 AM

Canadiens' Galchenyuk cleared for contact ahead of Eastern Conference Final

May 16, 11:03 AM

The Montreal Canadiens, fresh off of an upset victory over the Boston Bruins in the quarterfinal round, appear to be close to checking in some additional and very skilled reinforcements for the Eastern Conference Final. 

Talented sophomore forward Alex Galchenyuk, who has been skating this week as he rehabs from a knee injury sustained in early April, took to the ice on Friday wearing a regular practice jersey - which would indicate that he's been cleared for contact

It would still seem unlikely that Galchenyuk can return to the lineup for Game 1, but if he's participating in contact drills in practice then a return to the lineup is imminent. The skilled 19-year-old forward managed 13 goals and 31 points in 65 games this season.

May 13, 12:02 PM

Canadiens' Galchenyuk practices with teammates

May 13, 12:02 PM

Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk participated in Tuesday's optional practice, skating with his teammates for the first time since suffering a knee injury against the Chicago Blackhawks in April.

Galchenyuk's return to practice will no doubt fuel speculation about a possible return to the lineup should the Habs survive Wednesday's Game 7 against the Bruins.

In 65 games this season, the highly-skilled 20-year-old added puck-to-net 13 times while chipping in 18 assists for 31 points.

Apr 30, 10:33 AM

Canadiens' Galchenyuk returns to the ice for light skating session

Apr 30, 10:33 AM

Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk hasn't played since Chicago Blackhawks winger Marian Hossa fell awkwardly on his leg April 9, and isn't expected to return for the Canadiens' second round Stanley Cup playoff series against the Boston Bruins. 

He is progressing, however, and on Wednesday morning returned to the ice for a light skating session:

It was the first time Galchenyuk has skated since sustaining his injury, and would suggest that he may be an option for the Canadiens should their series with the Boston Bruins turn into an extended, six-or-seven game knife-fight (as playoff series between Boston and Montreal are liable to do).

Apr 10, 10:35 PM

Canadiens' Galchenyuk will not play during first round of playoffs due to lower-body injury

Apr 10, 10:35 PM

The Montreal Canadiens have updated the status of forward Alex Galchenyuk.

The 20-year-old scored one goal and added two assists in five playoff games last season against the Ottawa Senators.

Apr 9, 8:31 PM

Canadiens' Galchenyuk leaves game vs. Blackhawks with lower-body injury

Apr 9, 8:31 PM

Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk suffered a lower-body injury during Wednesday's game against the Chicago Blackhawks and will not return, according to the team's official twitter account.

It is believed the injury occurred on a collision with Marian Hossa.

The 20-year-old has scored 13 goals and added 18 assists in 64 games.