Brian Gionta leaves Canadiens road trip for family reasons

Brian Gionta will not play Saturday after leaving the Canadiens for family reasons. (USATSI)
Brian Gionta will not play Saturday after leaving the Canadiens for family reasons. (USATSI)

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Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta left the team’s road trip to return home for family reasons. The Habs will definitely be without Gionta for Saturday night’s game in Vancouver against the Canucks, but when he’ll return is unclear.

From NHL.com:

"We don't know when he's going to come back," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said after practice at Rogers Arena on Friday. "He's an important part of our team. He's a good leader, but right now I don't know when he's going to come back."

Gionta previously took a leave from the Habs earlier in the week to attend to what was termed as a family emergency. He rejoined the team Tuesday and played in the Habs' road contests in Calgary and Edmonton this week.

After Saturday night's tilt against the Canucks, Montreal travels to take on the Jets in Winnipeg Tuesday.

Gionta has a goal and an assist through four games.

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Chris Peters has been a hockey writer for CBS Sports since 2012. Prior to that, he wrote for numerous outlets and edited the United States of Hockey blog, covering the sport at all levels. Peters also... Full Bio

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