The Montreal Canadiens have announced that forward Brendan Gallagher is dealing with headaches after making his return to the lineup on Thursday.
Gallagher’s headache reportedly developed after Thursday’s 4-2 to the Edmonton Oilers and he reported the symptoms to the team on Friday morning.
It was a (good) surprise to see Gallagher back in the lineup last night after he missed four games with a concussion sustained on Dec. 31.
But it might have been too soon in his recovery…
Head coach Claude Julien said Gallagher will see team doctors to determine whether the headaches are related to his concussion or an illness. His status for Saturday’s game against the Ottawa Senators is questionable at the moment.
Though he was in uniform for the 4-2 loss at the hands of the Oilers, Gallagher did not record a point and was on the ice for 17 minutes 19 seconds.
Hehas 15 goals and 32 points in41games this seaosn with the Canadiens, who have lost eight consecutive contests.
There is no point in rushing him to return: concussions are difficult to track, and they impact people differently. And Gallagher might be suffering from a setback that cannot be ignored.