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Proposed Trade Sending Arber Xhekaj to Toronto Goes Viral for All the Wrong Reasons

Published December 6, 2023 at 6:36 PM
BY AARON

Arber Xhekaj's demotion to the American Hockey League has stirred quite a bit of discussion, not only within the Montreal Canadiens but also among the fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The robustness of the Maple Leafs' defensive lineup has been a concern for some time, especially given their ambition for championship success. This concern has been heightened since Xhekaj's early-season fight with Ryan Reaves, leading to calls from Toronto fans for a trade to acquire the Canadiens' defenseman.

Despite this public desire, it seems highly unlikely, almost impossible, that Canadiens' GM Kent Hughes would trade the 22-year-old defenseman to a division rival. Regardless, the speculation about a potential trade continues.




With an excess of defensemen sharing three spots on the left side in Montreal, it would be imprudent for Hughes to lose a player as dedicated, robust, and physical as Xhekaj.

As Nick Bobrov, discussing his brother Florian Xhekaj, said, Arber is also a unicorn in the hockey world. He brings a nearly unprecedented dimension to the game.

Trade rumors involving Xhekaj should cease, as he is expected to remain with the Canadiens for a considerable time.


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Proposed Trade Sending Arber Xhekaj to Toronto Goes Viral for All the Wrong Reasons

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