It is somewhat ironic. Michael Bournival, who Michel Therrien said couldn’t get into the lineup because the team was healthy, is now the first Canadiens player out for an extended period of time.
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Bournival was playing his second game of the season against the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night when he was hit in the corner. He went shoulder first into the boards and left the ice holding his shoulder and went straight to the dressing room.
The hit was clean, and it was likely just bad luck for Bournival who the team announced will be out indefinitely with an undisclosed shoulder injury.
The injury will likely be good news for Rene Bourque who figures to draw back in to the Canadiens lineup probably alongside Jiri Sekac and Lars Eller. Travis Moen may also find his way back in, depending what Therrien wants to do.
I think that Jiri Sekac has cemented his spot in the lineup for the time being, so it may be up to veterans to switch in and out of the lineup.
For Bournival, it is a tough break. He had been a healthy scratch for most games this season after being a key contributor last season. He was passed on the depth chart by newcomer P.A. Parenteau, Weise and Sekac which made it hard for him to crack the lineup without injuries.
After this injury, depending on what else happens, he may see himself go to the American Hockey League for a bit unless he is needed upon his return. I think the most important thing for Bournival is to get back on the ice and play no matter where it is.
But first, he will need to get healthy.