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Montreal Canadiens defenceman Joel Edmundson will be out indefinitely due to a lower-body injury.
Newly-appointed team captain Nick Suzuki is also out two weeks with a lower-body injury, forward Josh Anderson is day-to-day with an upper-body injury and forward Jake Evans is also day-to-day with an upper-body injury as training camp begins.
Edmundson, 29, made his 2021-22 season debut on March 12 and appeared in just 24 games after being sidelined with a back injury. When asked if Edmundson's current absence is related to his ailment from last year, head coach Martin St. Louis only reaffirmed that Edmundson was currently dealing with a "lower-body injury" and the medical staff was in the process of gathering more information.
#Habs St-Louis could only state “lower body injury” when asked if Edmundson’s issue is related to his back problems from last season. The medical staff is gathering more info on his condition.— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) September 22, 2022
Suzuki suffered his lower body injury preparing for training camp. @TSN_Edge
The Brandon, Man., native registered three goals and three assists in those 24 contests
The 23-year-old Suzuki, who signed an eight-year, $63 million extension last October, tallied 21 goals and 40 helpers in 82 games in 2021-22. St. Louis said he suffered his injury preparing for training camp.
Anderson, 28, had 19 goals and 13 assists in 69 games last season.
Evans, 26, appeared in 72 games last season, scoring 13 goals and adding 16 assists.
Status quo for Monahan, Price
Lu adds that the status of centre Sean Monahan and goaltender Carey Price remain the same.
The 27-year-old registered eight goals and 15 assists in 65 games last season.
The Canadiens announced last week that Price, 35, will be placed on long-term injured reserve.
The Habs begin pre-season play against the New Jersey Devils on Sept. 26 and will visit the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 14 for their season opener.