Josh Gorges undergoes surgery on hand, out four weeks for Habs

Josh Gorges could miss the rest of the regular season. (Getty Images)
Josh Gorges could miss the rest of the regular season. (USATSI)

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In a tight battle the remainder of the season for home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs, the Montreal Canadiens will have to do it without defenseman Josh Gorges.

The team announced on Monday that Gorges had surgery to repair a fracture in his left hand, an injury that has kept him out of the lineup the past two games. The estimated time of recovery is four weeks, meaning he could miss the remainder of the regular season.

Gorges, an alternate captain for the Habs, is a tough loss for them. He's not a point producer with just a goal and 12 assists this season, but instead is an in-zone defenseman. He is averaging 21:14 of ice time per game and is near the top of the NHL's shot-blocking list.

His injury is making the decision by GM Marc Bergevin to go out and get defenseman Mike Weaver from Florida at the trade deadline a little bit wiser. Certainly Weaver isn't going to be able to completely replace Gorges but a veteran defense-first guy new to the team should come in handy.

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