Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) – The Montreal Canadiens have announced that forward Max Pacioretty underwent an emergency appendectomy Saturday, expecting him to miss the next three to four weeks.
Earlier, Pacioretty missed practice Saturday morning due to what the team described as flu-like symptoms.
Because of it, coach Michel Therrien determined that it would be better for the young forward if he rests at home.
It was determined later that Pacioretty had a problem with his appendix, resulting in flu-like symptoms.
The 24-year-old Pacioretty has four assists in three games for the Canadiens this season. He led the club in 2011-12 with 65 points (33 goals, 32 assists).
Last season, Pacioretty captured the Bill Masterton Trophy for his successful comeback from a concussion and cracked vertebra in his neck that cost him the final 15 games and seven playoff games in 2010-11.
Earlier during the 2010-11 season, Pacioretty also suffered what was feared to be a cracked rib taking a puck to the ribs during a game against the Buffalo Sabres.
Should Pacioretty miss all four weeks, he will return Feb. 23 when the Canadiens take on the New York Rangers at home.
Therrien is expected to use Lars Eller to fill the void left by Pacioretty.