The Montreal Canadiens have announced that they have placed forward Brendan Gallagher on long-term injured reserve.
Gallagher is expected to miss at least six weeks with a fractured right thumb. The timeline will most likely take Gallagher out the remainder of the regular season, with the Canadiens schedule ending on May 11.
Brendan Gallagher a été placé sur la liste des blessés à long terme par le club. Son absence sera d’une durée minimale de six semaines.
The Canadiens have placed Brendan Gallagher on long-term injured reserve. He is expected to miss at least six weeks pic.twitter.com/CH0WckXyLG
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 7, 2021
Gallagher broke his right thumb in a game against the Edmonton Oilers on Monday after being hit in the hand with a slap shot.
By placing Gallagher on LTIR, the team frees up $3.75 million, which they could use ahead of Monday’s NHL trade deadline.
The nine-year NHL veteran has 14 goals and 23 points in 35 games this season.