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Strained Relationship Between Martin St-Louis and Arber Xhekaj: Coach Makes a Significant Decision

Published February 26, 2024 at 3:32 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

Last week, comments from Martin St-Louis about Arber Xhekaj suggested that the relationship between the two wasn't very good, indicating some friction.

It must be noted that the defenseman was regularly making the same mistakes, causing frustration for the coach. When there is as much depth as there is on the left side of the Canadiens' defense, patience is shorter, and Xhekaj found himself in the stands.

With Jordan Harris' injury, the towering number 72 had an opportunity to seize, and he seems to have done so admirably. He has been playing strong hockey for several games, becoming increasingly comfortable with the pace of the game.

Following Harris' return, Struble's injury, and now with Jayden nearing a return, St-Louis faces a significant decision.


Arber Xhekaj is not the sacrificed player; quite the opposite. He has been promoted to the second pair alongside David Savard. With a defensive-only style of play, Savard's game encourages Xhekaj to continue contributing offensively.

It's a significant promotion for him, confirming that he is no longer considered a 6th or 7th defenseman but rather a member of the top 4.

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Strained Relationship Between Martin St-Louis and Arber Xhekaj: Coach Makes a Significant Decision

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