In somewhat of a surprise move, Coach Carbonneau today announced that a portion of the squad will be given the day off to help heal their bumps and bruises.
"It'll be a long summer," said Carbonneau. "We need the guys ready in time for training camp, which is only four months away. And believe me, not playing hockey can take a toll on you. People say that swinging a golf club or gardening is recreation. We know different."
Players receiving the therapy day include Alex Kovalev, Saku Koivu, Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Kostitsyn, Sergei Kostitsyn, Patrice Brisebois, Chris Higgins, Tom Kostopoulos, Andrei Markov, Mark Streit, Bryan "with a y" Smolinski, Roman Hamrlik, Steve Begin, Francis Bouillon, Mike Komisarek, Josh Gorges, Maxim Lapierre, Guillaume Latendresse, Mathieu Dandenault, Ryan O'Byrne, and goalies Carey Price and Jaroslav Halak.
Carbonneau also announced that Michael Ryder will be the only player to hit the ice this afternoon in a session that will include two hours of suicides followed by rudimentary stickhandling skills.