This can’t be the money-out scenario Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin was hoping for.

But with Brendan Gallagher sidelined a minimum of six weeks with a fractured right thumb, and with five weeks and change remaining in the NHL’s regular season, it’s now been confirmed he won’t return prior to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. His placement on the long-term injured reserve list means the Canadiens would be able to exceed the salary cap and add a player (or players) making as much as his $3.75-million hit between now and the April 12 trade deadline.

There’s no doubt Bergevin would rather have Gallagher. As would the rest of the Canadiens.