It wasn't aggravated, it was locked, at that point, is when he injured it and was done for the season more less.
I don't want to argue, we're both Habs fans. The fact is that Gorges was missing practices with an undisclosed injury long before December 26. If you are close to the team or Gorges and know for certain that the earlier problem was totally unrelated to the knee, well, that's that.
But playing Gorges with a nagging injury while scratching a healthy Subban because Martin wanted to send a message to PK, well, I can't agree with that strategy.
I'd give him a 1 year one way $3m contract for the rest of this year to let him try it out in the NHL. After losing Gorges and Markov, this year is pretty much a let it be season, I'd hate us to waste assets on bandaids.
I'd rather give him a real shot to know if he can be in the bigs next year or not. If he doesn't work out, he can go back to the motherland next year.
The issue isn't so much making the playoffs -- the way the Habs have played this year, even without Gorges, this should be pretty much a given assuming decent luck, they're probably better than Boston too so they might very well end up in 3rd -- but what you do once you get there.
Although one more major injury on defense would really hurt. Gauthier is going to put a brave face and talk about the Habs' depth but, um, they're using 4 third-pairing D-men. Hammer should be back so they can partner him with Subban or somesuch, but that's still a little thin.
We love Gorges but he is a (very solid & reliable) stay at home D man. He is a fairly common commodity and the Habs dont need to give up bigtime assets to land an overhyped guy like Regehr... Guys like him go for low rank draft picks and/or minor prospects
Losing Markov was of no surprise at all. I figured we couldn't count on him for much this year.
Gorges though is a devastating loss for this team. He plays with his heart on his sleeve and if he's been hurt for the past few weeks it would go a long way to explaining our sudden slump. He's more valuable to us than most folks realize.