Montreal Canadiens head coach Martin St. Louis and defenseman Arber Xhekaj
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BREAKING: Arber Xhekaj Punished by Martin St. Louis

Published January 27, 2024 at 2:42 PM

In the last few minutes, the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, Martin St-Louis, surprised everyone by confirming news that will certainly not be unanimously received by the CH fans.

Indeed, after two difficult matches, Arber Xhekaj will officially be left out of the lineup against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. He will therefore have to watch the game from the press box alongside Brendan Gallagher, who is serving the first game of his five-game suspension.

Jordan Harris and Jesse Ylönen will rejoin the Canadiens' lineup for this last game before the All-Star break.

«Jesse Ylönen and Jordan Harris will be in tonight's game in Pittsburgh. Arber Xhekaj will be left out.» - Montreal Canadiens

The timing of this decision is somewhat strange as number 72 had just been recalled from the Laval Rocket. Moreover, according to current backstage rumors, several teams are interested in acquiring the young defenseman.

This situation will certainly not help General Manager Kent Hughes to drive up the bidding while Martin St-Louis deems that Arber Xhekaj does not have the necessary capabilities to be among the team's top six defensemen, even though the Canadiens are currently ranked 4th in the league for most goals allowed this season, with 168.

Do you believe the sheriff deserved another opportunity to prove to the management that his time in the AHL was beneficial?

January 27   |   498 answers
BREAKING: Arber Xhekaj Punished by Martin St. Louis

Was scratching Xhekaj the right decision?

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