AUGUST 24, 2023  (1:19 PM)

Bad news for Arber Xhekaj: another tough guy lands in the Atlantic division

Many teams in the Atlantic division have added immensely talented players to their lineup this summer, but they have also bolstered their roster by getting tough guys who aren't afraid to drop the gloves.

Indeed, the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed forward Ryan Reaves, the Boston Bruins have brought back organization alumni, Milan Lucic, and the Philadelphia Flyers have agreed on terms for a three-season contract with Zach McEwen.

Not making things easier for Arber Xhekaj and the Montreal Canadiens, the Tampa Bay Lightning have just offered a professional tryout contract to the 6'4" giant, Auston Watson. The former Ottawa Senators player notably amassed 123 penalty minutes in 75 games last season.

Yikes! Things might get heated!

Besides Michael Pezzetta, who might end up being the 13th or even 14th forward on the team, Josh Anderson might be the only player capable of assisting Arber Xhekaj in this department. While many experts hoped that the defenseman would drop the gloves less often this season, everything suggests that number 72 from the Tricolore will have to fight multiple times.

The good news? Arber Xhekaj gave a stern correction to Auston Watson last year after the latter delivered a questionable hit on Kirby Dach during preseason games.

Credit: Habs et LNH