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P.K. Subban (neck) will not play for Team Canada at the World Championships and has not been cleared of his injury at this point, Eric Engels of Sportsnet reports.
Subban missed nearly a month at the end of the season after being stretchered off March 11 with the neck injury, and it appears the issue is still lingering into the offseason. It seems likely he will be fine by the time training camp rolls around in the fall, but we will update his status again when the team provides further information on his progression.
Subban was trying to work his way back from a neck injury sustained last month, stemming from an accidental collision with teammate Alexei Emelin. The silver lining here is that Subban is lauded for his disciplined work ethic and reportedly was training hard to get back on the ice, even though the Habs are out of the playoff picture and have just two games remaining on the schedule. This injury isn't likely to threaten his draft stock for next season. Subban remains a premier defenseman both on the ice and in fantasy leagues, having recorded six goals and 45 assists in 68 games. He also was a force on the man advantage, as nearly half of his apples were delivered on the power play.
P.K. Subban (neck) won't play Tuesday against the Panthers, Sportsnet's Eric Engels reports.
Coach Michel Therrien relayed Monday that Subban is "training hard and looks good. We hope he'll be back before end of season." Given that the Habs are out of the NHL playoff structure, the star blueliner's last two opportunities on that front are Thursday's game against the Hurricanes and Saturday's regular season finale against the Lightning.
Subban's neck injury March 11 was initially not expected to force him out of action long, but the Canadiens are taking every precaution with their star blueliner now that they are out of playoff contention. there's still no target return date in sight, but he hasn't officially been ruled out for the season at this point. Depending on the league, it's probably still worth rostering Subban in the event he returns to action before the campaign closes, but it's quite possible he's played his last game of 2015-16.