MONTREAL — Six to eight weeks, the Montreal Canadiens medical staff told centreman Glen Metropolit Tuesday morning, estimating the length of time he’ll be on the mend with a separated left shoulder.
With all due respect to team head athletic therapist Graham Rynbend and his assistant, Nick Addey-Jibb: “I kinda wanted to call bullshit on six to eight weeks,” Metropolit said Tuesday night, describing his reaction to the prognosis. “It is what they said, but right then I wanted to get to work and prove everyone wrong, prove I’m not going to be out that long.”
Metropolit was injured Saturday early in the Canadiens’ 4-2 National Hockey League loss to New Jersey, cleanly checked shoulder-to-shoulder by Devils’ Rod Pelley. It was just his second shift of the game, a total of 1:21 on the ice.
The 35-year-old veteran spent more than two hours in therapy Sunday. On Monday, he went for a diagnostic MRI and Tuesday, arriving at the team’s Brossard training facility, he got the word.
Evidently, there is a significant tear in a muscle within the shoulder. Head coach Jacques Martin said Tuesday that the player is lost to the team through April 10, the final game of the regular season, and will undergo further evaluation this week.
“I’m not exactly sure what it is, they were throwing all kinds of lingo at me today,” Metropolit said. “I was just doing the therapy with lasers and machines I don’t know the names of.
“The good thing is, I won’t need surgery. They’re saying six to eight weeks, but hopefully that just means the lesser, right? They’ve got to say a number.
“I’m going to try everything possible — acupuncture, the hyperbaric chamber,” he added, the latter apparatus used to provide medicinal use of oxygen above atmospheric pressure. “Anything to speed up the process. I want to be back with the guys and help them make their run.”
Metropolit was encouraged by the fact he was in less pain Tuesday, saying he’s certain the swelling is coming down.
“Hopefully, it just keeps getting better like this,” he said. “It’s April this week, so this couldn’t have come at a tougher time. But I look at it the other way, too. It didn’t happen the last game of the year.”
It’s in the best interests of Metropolit, an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, to get back into action. It’s meant little that his versatility has seen him bounced from top to bottom in Martin’s lineup; he’s enjoyed a stellar season, scoring a career-high 16 goals with a team-high 10 on the power play.
“It’s important to get back with the year I’ve had production- wise,” he said. “I’ve gotten a chance on the power play and been somewhat of an important piece of the team’s puzzle. It would be nice to get back on the ice and show them I didn’t finish off the year (injured) like this.”
Canadiens fans have been gently rallying to have Metropolit re-signed, the team better for his experience and leadership.
“I hope Pierre feels like that, too,” he said of general manager Pierre Gauthier. “But all I can do now is stay busy in treatment, look at my kids and laugh, and get back as soon as I can.”
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