A bone-chilling statement about Arber Xhekaj: his mother opens up, and journalist Arpon Basu makes a very sad observation

Published December 7, 2023 at 1:27 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

Arber Xhekaj has become a fan favorite at the Bell Centre for his aggressive play and ability to defend his teammates.

What's even more impressive is that he knows how to play hockey very well. He's not just a goon acting as a tourist on the ice, unlike a certain Maple Leafs forward.

However, it must be admitted that things haven't been going great for him this year. So, with a heavy heart, the Canadiens decided to demote him to Laval to continue his development.

This decision didn't sit well with many, including Georges Laraque, who didn't hesitate to question Martin St-Louis. Is the Canadiens changing Xhekaj's essence? Arpon Basu went to Laval in person to see his game, and his observation is striking.


"I went to watch Arber Xhekaj's first ever AHL game last night. I didn't recognize him." - Arpon Basu

Xhekaj's identity is quite strong, that of a rugged player who hits hard and is tough to play against. If he doesn't bring that aspect to his game, he becomes much more vulnerable.

"Arpon's assessment is spot on.

What do the Habs wanna teach him? To become a defensemen who doesn't hit, doesn't fight and doesn't defend his teammates? Playing good defensively is NOT mutually exclusive to imposing yourself on the ice.

Let him play his f***ing game. - HFTV

However, it's essential not to jump to conclusions too quickly. After all, Xhekaj had surgery last year and is coming back from an injury, which kept him out of the game for several weeks.

On a more positive note, his mother wanted to thank Canadiens and Rocket fans for their support of her son.


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A bone-chilling statement about Arber Xhekaj: his mother opens up, and journalist Arpon Basu makes a very sad observation

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