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David Reinbacher
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The expected arrival of defenseman David Reinbacher in North America in the coming weeks: It's quite complicated

Published February 3, 2024 at 4:29 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

We have all heard about the possibility that the Canadiens' first-round pick, 5th overall in 2023, David Reinbacher, could join the team or the Laval Rocket as early as March.

Although it would be a great experience and especially good for his development, the arrival of the Austrian could be more complicated than expected.

Observer Marc-Olivier Beaudoin explained the situation as accurately as possible. It can be said that he did his homework.

"Everything indicates that David Reinbacher will fly to North America and join the Laval Rocket once his season is over, unless there is a change of plan or an injury.


But when is that? It's a bit complex, but the answers are below! ⬇️⬇️⬇️

The last regular-season game for HC Kloten is on March 4.

If they finish in 11th or 12th place, they will neither make the playoffs nor face relegation, and Reinbacher can come immediately.

If they finish in 13th or 14th place, they will have to play a relegation series in a 4-out-of-7 format, with the first game on March 16 and the last on March 30. If they win this series, Reinbacher can come afterward.

If they lose this series, they COULD have to play a series against the champions of the NLB (Kloten playing in the NLA), but it's possible that it won't happen for infrastructure and budget reasons, I'm told.

Kloten is currently 13th in the standings with 47 points, but they have won 4 of their last 5 games, while the team ranked 12th (Rapperswill) also has 47 points but lost 4 of their last 5 games.

In short, we hope that HC Kloten finishes in 12th place and Rapperswill in 13th place so that Reinbacher could take the plane to Montreal on March 4-5. Otherwise, it significantly delays things, and... I think many of us are eager to see him play closer to home!" - Marc-Olivier Beaudoin."

It's excellent research work, no doubt about it. So for those who thought it was a done deal, it's not at all. David Reinbacher might have to wait until the Canadiens' development camp before playing in North America.

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February 3   |   489 answers
The expected arrival of defenseman David Reinbacher in North America in the coming weeks: It's quite complicated

If Kloten has to continue its season in relegation, would you still like Reinbacher to come to North America?

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