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Brendan Gallagher joins his teammates at training camp after facing a family issue, but won’t be in the lineup Monday night against the Maple Leafs.

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Cole Caufield will be out of Canadiens training camp for about a week after sustaining an upper-body injury during the warm-up before Sunday’s Red v White scrum at the Bell Center.

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Head coach Dominique Ducharme said on Monday that Caufield’s injury is “nothing serious” but the team’s medical staff will be very careful with him and won’t bring him back too quickly.

Joel Edmundson, who has yet to practice with the team at training camp due to a minor injury, skated again on Monday alone with a member of the team’s training staff and Ducharme expects what the defender joins his teammates on the ice Tuesday or Wednesday.

Defenseman Sami Niku, who signed with the Canadiens as a free agent last Friday, trained with Team C on Monday in Brossard and will join one of the two main groups at training camp on Tuesday.

Canadiens forward Joel Armia played with Niku, another Finn, for one season with the Winnipeg Jets.

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“I really like him,” Armia said. ” He’s a good boy. He skates well, has skills. Really good offensively.

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Gallagher joins his teammates

The best news for the Canadiens on Monday is that Brendan Gallagher joined his teammates on the ice at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard after missing the start of training camp for family reasons. Gallagher was out of the lineup Monday night when the Canadiens faced the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Bell Center in a preseason game.

Ducharme said Gallagher will play either Friday when the Canadiens travel to Ottawa to face the Senators (7 p.m., TSN2, TSN5, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM) or Saturday at the Bell Center against the Senators (7 p.m., TSN2, TSN5, RDS, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).

“It always happens the same,” Ducharme said of Gallagher. “He comes in, he’s smiling. He has a lot of energy, we know that. And he brings it around, in the locker room and on the ice. He’s a committed player and it’s always nice to see him like that on the ice.

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Debut for Drouin

Jonathan Drouin will make his preseason debut Monday night on a line with Christian Dvorak and Josh Anderson who have been together since the start of training camp.

Drouin has not played a game since April 21, missing the end of the regular season and the Canadiens’ playoff run to the Stanley Cup Final due to anxiety and insomnia issues. He received a very warm welcome from Bell Center fans during Sunday’s Red vs White scrum, being cheered every time he touched the puck and when he was shown on the giant screen.

“I think it’s three different players,” Ducharme said of Drouin’s line. “We know Josh’s power, Jo’s vision and skills. Devo is reliable, good on both sides, strong on pucks, and we want them to use those strengths and put them together. So I think when they play the right way, they can be effective, obviously, offensively, but also defensively responsible. Again, we’ll see. We will have more answers tonight. That’s what we want to see… scrums are one thing and playing against each other, but you never really feel like it. Tonight we’ll have a better idea.

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Russian adventure

Defenseman Chris Wideman is hoping to secure a spot with the Canadiens after spending last season with the KHL’s Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo. The 31-year-old signed a one-year, US $ 750,000 contract with the Canadiens as a free agent after outscoring all KHL defensemen last season with a 9-32-41 total in 59 games.

“I think the level of play there in terms of skills in the lineup… the first few games there I didn’t know anyone, so I’m trying to defend the guys and the guys who are in the fourth row pass it through. my legs and I expect them to let me down, ”said Wideman after Monday morning practice in Brossard. “It’s a bit more of a one-on-one game, but I think it has helped my game tremendously because whether it’s training or playing, guys want to challenge you one-on-one. It helped me improve my defense. In practice, the guys are just super skilled, so I learn different things and try different things. So I think it helped my game a lot.

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The Ottawa Senators selected Wideman in the fourth round (100th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft. He then played three seasons with the AHL’s Binghamton Senators with Luke Richardson as head coach.

“He’s one of the professional coaches I’ve had a great personal relationship with,” Wideman said of Richardson, who is now the Canadiens assistant coach. “I think especially at the beginning of my career, the first two years as a pro, he’s a guy who played in the NHL for a long time. But the way he behaves off the ice is someone you can kind of shape your life into. He’s a good man and he takes his job very seriously.

In 181 career NHL games, Wideman is 16-29-45.

“I think if you look at the way the (Montreal) roster has built a lot of really skilled forwards,” said the 5-10, 183-pound Wideman. “I think I can bring the ability to move the puck to them quickly and take the puck in their hands and let them do what they do best. “

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Range

Here’s what the Canadiens roster looked like on Monday night against the Leafs with goaltenders Jake Allen and Kevin Poulin each expecting to play half the game.

Before

Drouin – Dvorak – Anderson
Rafael Harvey-Pinard – Jake Evans – Armia
Danick Martel – Jean-Sebastien Dea – Jesse Ylonen
Michael Pezzetta – Jan Mysak – Gabriel Bourque

Defense

Kaiden Guhle – David Savard
Mattias Norlinder – Ben Chiarot
Corey Schueneman – Chris Wideman

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