It's now official for the young defenseman Arber Xhekaj

Published October 11, 2023 at 10:20
BY ELIAS
Some fans were rather surprised to learn that the Montreal Canadiens had sent Arber Xhekaj to the Laval Rocket on Monday night. However, it was just a "paper transaction" to allow the organization to comply with the NHL's 23-player limit and the salary cap.

Moreover, in the last few minutes, Marco D'Amico confirmed that the 22-year-old defenseman is officially back in the Canadiens' lineup. He also added that Joel Armia no longer appears on the team's list and is expected to join the AHL affiliate soon.

"For those wondering, the Montreal Canadiens have officially listed Arber Xhekaj on their game sheet, while Joel Armia is no longer there.

Paper transaction completed." - Marco D'Amico



Although it was just a formality, it's great news to see that "Wifi" (a nickname) is truly back with the Montreal squad. Even though Martin St-Louis hasn't yet announced his lineup for the matchup against the Toronto Maple Leafs, all signs point to Arber Xhekaj being in the lineup, having practiced alongside Jordan Harris on the third defensive pair in recent days.

After months without a game from our favorites, here we finally are!

What better way to start the season than with a matchup against one of our biggest rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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