NHL.com’s Chris Johnston and The Associated Press obtained a copy of a letter from Montreal Canadiens’ big-name defenceman Max Paciceto saying he was not ready to play again this season.
Paciorette, 29, had been sidelined since November 23 with a neck injury.
He had played just two games with Montreal before he was taken out by the injury.
Paciemte has been a key figure in the Canadiens’ resurgence this season, playing in the team’s three Stanley Cup Playoff wins.
He has three goals and five assists for seven points in nine games this season while adding five penalty minutes.
The Habs have won five of their last six games.
The Canadiens are currently one point behind the second-place Columbus Blue Jackets for the final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.