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Rocket Head Coach Shuts Down Major Rumour Regarding Arber Xhekaj

Published December 16, 2023 at 8:15 PM

To the surprise of many Montreal Canadiens fans, the team made a significant decision regarding fan favorite Arber Xhekaj. Although he was back to full health and ready to return to play, the organization opted to send him down to the AHL with the Laval Rocket.

Initial reactions, including those from analysts like Norman Flynn, suggested that the 22-year-old defenseman seemed disinterested in playing for the CH's affiliate team. Some critics even questioned his effort level and attitude during his first game in the American Hockey League.

"Last night, Arber Xhekaj didn't look like a guy who wanted to play in Laval." - Antichambre

However, Xhekaj has silenced his critics with his recent performances, showcasing the robust playing style that led to his success in the NHL. He has also contributed offensively, notching an assist in each of his last three games. His significant role with the Laval Rocket has helped the team secure five out of a possible six points.

Despite initial doubts, Laval Rocket head coach Jean-François Houle praised Xhekaj's attitude, stating that his return to the NHL is just a matter of time:

"He's going to return to the NHL, it's just a matter of time. His attitude is very good, and he's integrated well with the group." - Jean-François Houle

With the emergence of Jayden Struble, Xhekaj might stay in the AHL for a few weeks to refine certain aspects of his game. However, fans should not worry; he is undoubtedly poised for a return to the Montreal Canadiens.

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