Max Pacioretty, Habs forward, won't need surgery for off-ice injury

Montreal Canadiens left-winger Max Pacioretty is injured, will miss most of the pre-season but won't require surgery, the team announced Friday.

Winger expected to miss training camp, pre-season

Canadiens left-winger Max Pacioretty won't need surgery for an off-ice injury, but he is expected to miss most or all of training camp in September. The 26-year-old led the team with 37 goals and a career-high 67 points this past season. (Chris O'Meara/The Associated Press)

Montreal Canadiens left-winger Max Pacioretty is injured, will miss most of the pre-season but won't require surgery, the team announced Friday.

He is expected to need 12 weeks of recovery, so he will likely miss all or most of training camp and the NHL pre-season.

The Canadiens gave no other details of the injury.

Montreal's first game of the regular season is on Oct. 7 in Toronto against the rival Maple Leafs.

The 26-year-old Pacioretty, who plays left wing on Montreal's top line, led the team with 37 goals, his second straight campaign of more than 35 goals.

His 67 points were also a career high. In 11 playoff games, Pacioretty notched five goals and seven points.

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