Gallagher was having another outstanding season for the Canadiens, with 15 goals and 32 points through 40 games. The scrappy 5’9″ forward has scored at least 30 goals in each of his last two campaigns and looked like he’d hit the mark once again. That puts him among rare company in the NHL these days, and makes him one of the most valuable forwards in the league given his $3.75MM cap hit.
Unfortunately, that pace will be stopped for at least a while. Hopefully Gallagher can bounce back from this injury quickly and be ready for a playoff push with the Canadiens, though they’ll have to start winning some games without him in the meantime. Montreal has lost their last three and now sit fifth in the Atlantic Division with an 18-16-6 record.
The Canadiens have ten games before the All-Star break.