News:Josh Gorges was named the number one star following a 10-block/six-hit performance Friday night in Montreal's loss to Ottawa. He played a total of 26:39, including 11:20 on the penalty kill.
Analysis: That's a man's night from Josh Gorges, who earlier this week recorded his league-leading 200th block of the season. For his career, Gorges averages just under two blocks per game.
News:Josh Gorges scored a goal in Montreal's win over Winnipeg on Wednesday.
Analysis: The Habs aren't paying him for his offensive production, but the goal came in his first game since signing a six-year extension to stay in Montreal.
News:Josh Gorges has agreed to a six-year extension with the Habs, Jeff Marek of Sportsnet.ca reports.
Analysis: He's better in the defensive end blocking shots and limiting the impact of opposing forwards than he is at contributing on the scoresheet. Josh Gorges has just 10 points (1 G, 9 A) and a plus-6 rating in 39 games for the Habs this season. Terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed.
First Goal Of Season For Habs' Gorges Is OT Winner
News:Josh Gorges, who hadn't scored a goal since Oct. 15, 2010, netted the overtime winner Thursday against Phoenix.
Analysis:Josh Gorges has been a bit more active on the offensive end this year, as he's never averaged a shot per game in his career, but he's put 16 on goal in 15 games this season. It's led to good results, as he's got seven points and a plus-7 rating through 15 games -- respectable numbers from the blue line.
News:Josh Gorges had two assists and was plus-3 in Montreal's win over Philadelphia on Wednesday.
Analysis:Josh Gorges has worn some goat horns a couple of times during Montreal's unimpressive start to the season, but overall he's a capable defenseman for the Habs. He has five assists and is plus-4 through the first nine games.
News:Josh Gorges, who had offseason knee surgery, was involved in a collision during Thursday night's preseason game and was relieved the knee held up, CJAD Radio reports.
Analysis: This was the first big test for Josh Gorges' surgically repaired right knee.
News:Josh Gorges made his preseason debut Wednesday night, skating 28 shifts for 22:40 of ice time in Montreal's loss to Buffalo.
Analysis: The Canadiens are less concerned with game results than they are with seeing a healthy Josh Gorges patrolling the blue line. Gorges, who missed 36 games last season after undergoing reconstruction surgery on his right knee, had a hit and blocked two shots.
News:Josh Gorges proclaimed himself "100 percent ready to go" this season following offseason surgery ACL reconstruction surgery, the CTV reports.
Analysis:Josh Gorges said he had to start from scratch to rebuild a skating stride which had developed some bad habits when he compensated for a torn ACL he played with since his junior days in Kelowna. He feels the new stride will improve his balance and efficiency. Gorges is expected to fill a role as a stay-at-home defender.
News: Gorges avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Canadiens on Friday, TSN's Darren Dreger reports.
Analysis: A knee injury limited Gorges to 36 games last season, but the Canadiens wanted to keep him around after he played in all but one game in the two seasons prior. Expect Gorges to earn a spot in the Canadiens' blueline corps as long as he is healthy by the beginning of next season.
News: The arbitration hearing for Gorges has been scheduled for July 28, the Montreal Gazette reports. Gorges rejected Montreal's qualifying offer of $1.3 million earlier this summer.
Analysis: If the Canadiens the Gorges don't reach a settlement before the 28th, the two sides will present their cases before an arbitrator in Toronto.
News: Gorges (knee) has been ruled out of Montreal's playoff series against Boston, the Boston Globe reports.
Analysis: There's been little news about Gorges' recovery from right knee surgery in January, but he's definitely out of Round 1 of the playoffs.
News: Gorges underwent successful reconstruction surgery on his right knee Thursday, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Other than facing a long rehabilitation process, Gorges does not have recovery timetable.
News: Gorges is set to fly to Birmingham (Ala.) early this week to undergo reconstructive surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Gorges is expected to return to Montreal by week's end to being a lengthy rehabilitation process.
News: Gorges will undergo season-ending knee surgery, the Canadeins' official site reports.
Analysis: Gorges wasn't much of a fantasy factor, but he's always been a strong defender who was reliable and durable, at least until this injury. We'll probably learn more about a recovery timetable after he undergoes the procedure.
News: Gorges will undergo knee surgery that will result in him missing the remainder of the season, the Canadiens' Official Site reports.
Analysis: Gorges isn't much of a fantasy guy, but he's a good shot blocker and defensive presence, as well as a fine penalty killer, so there's a decent chance his absence will effect the Montreal goaltenders to some degree. The blue line is getting thin in Montreal, with Andrei Markov also out for the season.
News: Gorges (knee) took a "therapy day" Tuesday but remains on the injured list, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Gorges continues to rehab a lingering knee injury with extra rest being the apparent remedy.
News: The Canadiens placed Gorges (knee) on the injured reserve Friday, Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Gorges will get extra rest to recover from his lingering knee injury. P.K. Subban should see extra playing time as a result.
News: Gorges (knee) will be scratched for Thursday's game against the Lightning, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: The tough fifth-year man out of British Columbia will sit out a second straight game.
News: Gorges (knee) will not suit up for Montreal's game against Washington on Tuesday, according to the Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette.
Analysis: P.K. Subban will take his spot alongside Hal Gill on the Canadiens' blue line.
News: Gorges (knee) skated Tuesday morning and will be a game-time decision for Montreal's game against Washington on Tuesday night, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Gorges has been laboring with a right knee injury and could be replaced by P.K. Subban against the Caps.
News: Gorges, whose right knee bothered him in the third period of Sunday's loss to the Islanders, took what was referred to as a "therapy day" and did not practice Monday, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: A "therapy day" typically means a day off for a player to recover from fatigue or some sort of minor ailment. In this case, it looks like Gorges' knee. He's played through injuries before, but Habs head coach Jacques Martin may be ready to give Gorges a night off Tuesday against the Capitals. P.K. Subban would return to the active lineup if Gorges gets a seat.
News: Gorges (undisclosed) returned to practice Tuesday after missing Monday's practice, the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: No official word was given for his absence from practice Monday, but he'll be available for Wednesday's game against Philadelphia.
News: Gorges (undisclosed) played 20 minutes in Saturday's win over the Sharks.
Analysis: Gorges was questionable for this game due to an undisclosed injury, but the ailment obviously wasn't serious enough to keep him out.
News: Gorges is questionable for Saturday's game against the Sharks, Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette reports.
Analysis: Gorges will warm up before the game, and the Habs will wait until just before the puck drops to determine whether he'll play. He is dealing with an undisclosed injury.
News: Gorges scored the eventual game-winner with the man advantage to lift Montreal to a 2-1 win over the host Sabres on Friday.
Analysis: Gorges only played 1:30 on the power play, as opposed to fellow blueliner Jaroslav Spacek's 3:50, but he made the most of it with his first of the season. As long as he sees these opportunities, he is worth a roster spot in deeper leagues.
News: Gorges is showing his offensive skills in helping the Habs in their preseason opener against the Bruins.
Analysis: Through two periods of play, Gorges has provided an assist on each of Montreal's two goals. He helped set-up Maxim Lapierre for the first and then Tomas Plekanec later in the second period.
News: Canadiens D Josh Gorges was in the lineup on Friday against the Flyers despite being hit in the head with a puck on Wednesday against the Capitals. Gorges had no points in 22:45 of ice time and finished at minus-1. He also spent two minutes in the penalty box.
Analysis: Gorges dodged quite a bullet after being struck in the head, but that just goes to show you how tough hockey players can be. Gorges doesn't have any points in 17 straight games, but that is not surprising seeing how he is a defensive presence. Gorges is pretty much only worth a look in leagues that reward heavily for short-handed stats when healthy.
News: Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges was struck on the left side of his head by Mike Green's slap shot with 10.9 seconds left in the first. Gorges lay face down on the ice for several moments before he was able to sit up and make his way to the dressing room with the help of athletic therapist Graham Rynbend. He did not return. Gorges had no points in 6:25 of ice time.
Analysis: You never like to see a player go down with injury, but it's especially disturbing when they get hit in the head with a puck. If Gorges is dealing with any concussion symptoms, he is likely to miss the last two games before the Olympic break. Gorges doesn't have any points in 16 straight games, but that is not surprising seeing how he is a defensive presence. Gorges is pretty much only worth a look in leagues that reward heavily for short-handed stats when healthy.
News: Canadiens D Josh Gorges scored a goal and finished at plus-1 on Tuesday against the Capitals. Gorges tied the game at 1 with an unintentional assist from Tomas Fleischmann. Gorges' drive from the right point caught Fleischmann's stick and knuckled past goalie Michal Neuvirth at 14:03 of the second. It was his third goal and first since Dec. 3.
Analysis: Gorges has dressed on a regular basis for the Canadiens, but he is definitely not on the ice for offense. He is one of the team's defensive leaders. Gorges is pretty much only worth a look in leagues that reward heavily for short-handed stats.
News: Canadiens D Josh Gorges scored a goal and finished at minus-1 on Thursday against the Sabres. The Canadiens had their lone power play midway through the third. But after the Sabres killed it, Gorges converted the rebound of a shot by Maxim Lapierre at 11:27 to move Montreal within 4-2. It was his first goal since scoring in the opener against Toronto.
Analysis: Gorges has dressed every night for the Canadiens, but he is definitely not on the ice for offense. He is one of the team's defensive leaders. Gorges is pretty much only worth a look in leagues that reward heavily for short-handed stats.
News: Canadiens D Josh Gorges scored the game winner in overtime with just 12.8 seconds left during Thursday's 4-3 win against the Maple Leafs. Gorges, who also had an assist and plus-2 rating, batted a rebound over Vesa Toskala after Mike Cammalleri took the puck hard to the net. It was his sixth NHL goal in 247 career games. "That's a great way to start the season," Gorges said. "I don't score many goals."
Analysis: Gorges had the best season of his NHL career in 2008-09. He had career highs across the board in goals (4), assists (19), points (23) and plus-minus (12). Even with the blue-line overhaul this offseason, Gorges was able to keep his job. Despite the strong opening night, we aren't expecting a great offensive year from Gorges, who still has low-end Fantasy appeal. He is also worth a look in leagues that reward heavily for short-handed stats.
News: Canadiens D Josh Gorges scored a goal during Saturday's 3-2 win against the Sharks. Former Sharks defenseman Gorges made it 2-0 with his third goal at 13:27 when rookie Matt D'Agostini swiped a pass into the slot after he fell behind the net. It was Gorges' third goal of the season and first since Jan. 21.
Analysis: Gorges has averaged 20 minutes this season for Montreal, but he hasn't been a big-time offensive threat. He does have a career-high 16 points, but Gorges still has very low-end Fantasy appeal. He is also worth a look in leagues that reward heavily for short-handed stats.
News: Canadiens D Josh Gorges returned to the lineup Tuesday against the Penguins after missing just one game with a head injury. He didn't record a point in 20:56 of ice time, but finished at plus-2.
Analysis: The Canadiens believed Gorges would be out for a few weeks after taking a nasty hit Saturday against the Kings that got Dennis Gauthier suspended five games. But Gorges felt good Tuesday after the morning skate and made it back into the lineup. However, Gorges is not a top offensive player and has limited Fantasy appeal when healthy.
News: Canadiens D Josh Gorges was not active Sunday against the Bruins after leaving Saturday's game with a concussion. He is likely doubtful heading into Tuesday's game against the Penguins.
Analysis: Gorges is an important part of the Canadiens' defensive rotation, so they are surely hoping this injury doesn't linger for long. However, he has less importance in Fantasy since Gorges isn't a top offensive player. Consider him a poor Fantasy option heading into Week 18 (Feb. 2-8).
News: Kings D Denis Gauthier left his feet while driving his right forearm into Montreal D Josh Gorges' head as he checked the Montreal defenseman along the left boards in the second period. According to The Sports Xchange, the injury could be a concussion. Gorges, who was bleeding from his left nostril after the hit, returned after going to the dressing room. Gorges however did not return for the third period. "Obviously it was filthy," Higgins said. "The guy's got a history of it, too, so I just hope the league does something about it, but it's clear as day it was an elbow, obviously -- I mean, he left his feet. Hopefully there's pretty lengthy discipline for him."
Analysis: "I haven't seen the replay yet, so I don't want to say anything," Gauthier said. "I want to wait until I see the replay, but I didn't come in there with any intention of doing anything bad -- it was just a hit." Whether it was or was not intentional, hopefully it's not too serious and Gorges will be able to play Sunday. Either way, Gorges is only a low-end option in the first place.
News: Montreal D Josh Gorges scored a goal in a 5-2 loss to the Devils on Wednesday. It was Gorges' second goal of the season and his 11th overall point.
Analysis: Gorges gets on the ice quite a bit, but doesn't do much for the Canadiens in terms of offense on most nights. He remains a lower-end option heading into the second half of the season.
News: Canadiens D Josh Gorges tallied an assist and finished at even in 20:05 of ice time Thursday against the Predators. He has eight assists on the season and two in his last five games.
Analysis: Gorges has nearly been averaging 21 minutes per game this season for Montreal and is well on his way to setting new career highs across the board. He has been a solid two-way player for Montreal, but since his offensive numbers aren't spectacular, Gorges remains just a low-end Fantasy flier.
News: Montreal D Josh Gorges notched two assists in the Canadiens 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. Gorges assisted on Christopher Higgins' -- who had a hat trick -- first and third goals of the game. Gorges also picked up two minutes in the penalty box for holding in the 1st period.
Analysis: Gorges now has three assists and three points on the entire season. Gorges had no goals and nine assists last season. He has one goal and 18 assists in 165 career NHL games. He has no Fantasy value.
News: Defenseman Josh Gorges signed a three-year, $3.3 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. The 23-year-old Gorges played a career-high 62 games after being a healthy scratch for most games early in the season. He played in the final 52 regular-season games and all 12 playoff games. "Josh established himself as a key member of our defensive squad last season," general manager Bob Gainey said in a statement. "His reliability and solid play made him one of our most improved players."
Analysis: Gorges had no goals and nine assists last season. He has one goal and 18 assists in 165 career NHL games. He has no Fantasy value.
News: Canadiens D Josh Gorges tallied an assist and finished at plus-3 during Tuesday's game against the Thrashers. It was his sixth assist of the season and second in three games.
Analysis: Gorges is one of the Canadiens lower-end defenseman, and when he is not active, he is usually a healthy scratch. He doesn't contribute enough to matter in Fantasy leagues.
News: The Canadiens hope to have defenseman Francis Bouillon back in uniform at Boston Thursday after he missed four games with a sore shoulder. Josh Gorges has played in Bouillon's spot but the coaching staff doesn't have a lot of confidence in him.
Analysis: Gorges was the only Canadien to play less than 10 minutes against Buffalo Monday.
News: Eric Perrin and Vyacheslav Kozlov scored 57 seconds apart late in the second period to give the Thrashers a 2-1 lead at Montreal Tuesday. Perrin tied it at 16:16 with his second of the season. The Montreal native pumped his arms in the air after he put a shot past Price from the edge of the crease when Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov inadvertently swatted the puck out front. Kozlov took advantage of a dreadful giveaway by Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges moments later to give Atlanta a sudden lead. Gorges blindly backhanded a centering pass from the left side of his own zone, and Kozlov drove in to pick up the puck and beat Price for his fifth goal. That put the Thrashers ahead 2-1.
Analysis: Gorges, replaced Francis Bouillon (shoulder) and played his third game of the season, dressed for consecutive contests for the first time against Atlanta Tuesday. He played in place of D Francis Bouillon, who injured his shoulder Saturday at Pittsburgh. But he made a horrible pass that led to a goal for Atlanta. "It's a 10-, 15-foot D-to-D pass and I just whiffed on it," said Gorges, who played 10:56 through the first two periods and made two short shifts the rest of the way to finish at 12:10. Gorges is not a recommended Fantasy option.
News: RW Andrei Kostitsyn and D Josh Gorges were healthy scratches for Montreal for Tuesday's 6-1 beatdown of the Boston Bruins.
Analysis: When he is actually on the ice, Gorges is not a recommended Fantasy option. The Habs will be back in action on Friday night in Carolina.
News: Patrice Brisebois was a healthy scratch for Wednesday's game at Pittsburgh, as he was replaced by Josh Gorges. Gorges was scoreless with two shots on goal in 16:21 of ice time.
Analysis: Brisebois and Gorges are both only worth a look in the deepest of Fantasy leagues. The Habs will be back in action on Saturday against Carolina.
News: The Montreal Canadiens re-signed Josh Gorges to a contract. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Analysis: Gorges managed one goal and three points in 54 games splitting time between San Jose and Montreal. Gorges is a stay-at-home defenseman, way more valuable to his real team than to Fantasy owners.
News: The Montreal Gazette reports Radek Bonk will return to the lineup for Tuesdays game against the Bruins after missing the past three games.
Analysis: Bonks return will mean Mathieu Dandenault will shift back to defense and Josh Gorges or Janne Niinimaa will most likely be a healthy scratch. Gorges has little Fantasy appeal whether he is in or out of the lineup.
News: The San Jose Sharks acquired D Craig Rivet from the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday for Josh Gorges and a first-round pick in 2008. The Sharks also pick up a fifth-round draft selection.
Analysis: Gorges will see a decrease in what little Fantasy appeal he had before the draft. He is not a recommended option in most formats.
News: Josh Gorges (undisclosed) was able to play in Wednesday's game against the Oilers. He picked up an assist in 21:02 of ice time.
Analysis: It appears safe to get Gorges back into the active lineup in all larger leagues for Fantasy Week 16 (Jan. 15-21).
News: D Josh Gorges did not return after going down in a rough collision near the boards in the first period of Saturday's game against the Blue Jackets.
Analysis: Gorges is considered day to day due to the undisclosed injury. Keep him reserved in all larger leagues for Fantasy Week 15 (Jan. 8-14).
News: San Jose LW Ville Nieminen and D Josh Gorges were scratched after playing in the Sharks' first 11 games this season.
Analysis: Neither of these players are worth using in Fantasy play at this stage.
News: Josh Gorges had an assist and plus-2 rating in Tuesday's game at Boston in 16:12 of ice time.
Analysis: Gorges has picked up assists in two straight games after an eight-game scoreless streak. He is a plus-5 over the past four games, but he is only useful in the largest of Fantasy leagues.