Tanner Pearson never got to make his comeback to the Vancouver Canucks.
Instead of proving he could play again, a season after he suffered a devastating hand infection, the veteran winger has been traded to the Montreal Canadiens.
According to reports, the Canucks are also trading a third round pick to Montreal and will receive veteran goalie Casey DeSmith in return.
Oddly enough, Montreal was the last opponent Pearson faced as a member of the Canucks: he broke his hand in a road game versus Montreal last Nov. 9.
He then had surgery and was expected to recover within a few weeks but instead developed a post-operative infection that required at least a half-dozen further surgeries and him receiving 24/7 doses of antibiotics to the infected area.
The Canucks announced in January his situation was too serious to contemplate him returning for the 2022-23 season. He appeared at the team’s post-season media availability with his left hand still heavily bandaged.