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Martin St-Louis Disagrees with Fans Regarding Arber Xhekaj

Published February 22, 2024 at 10:45
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

Despite Wednesday night's defeat, it's safe to say that the Canadiens put on a good performance. That's exactly what you expect in the midst of a rebuild. It won't be perfect, there will be many losses, but it takes good entertainment.

If there's one player who had a strong game, it's Arber Xhekaj. The colossal defenseman likely delivered the best performance of his young NHL career, and it's very encouraging.

In the post-game press conference, Martin St-Louis made sure to acknowledge his good work, but there was something that seemed to bother him. He evidently doesn't seem to like the nickname 'The Sheriff.'

"Not sure Martin St-Louis appreciates the attention and the nickname 'Sheriff' that Arber Xhekaj has inherited. 'You guys call him the sheriff, but nobody nicknames him that in our locker room,' replied the coach to friend Stu Cowan." - Luc Gélinas, RDS



Certainly, in the eyes of fans, Xhekaj is the Canadiens' enforcer on the ice, the one who maintains order. And Wednesday night, he did that job perfectly, without having to fight or take penalties.

However, it's understandable that the coach doesn't want to attribute such a role or nickname to a single player. He wants it to be a collective decision involving all the players on the ice.

Regardless, it was good to see Arber play like that, and the Canadiens played well enough to win, but the final score didn't turn in their favor.

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