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Nicolas Deslauriers back with the Canadiens? Kent Hughes has a golden opportunity to go after him, and he should contact Daniel Brière

Published February 8, 2024 at 11:56 PM
BY DAVID ST-JEAN

Things change quickly in the hockey world. Similar to Arber Xhekaj's situation, Nicolas Deslauriers was perceived as a key player last year, and this year, it's the opposite.

Indeed, the forward played every game, was feared by other teams, and was very useful to his team. This season, he regularly warms the press box.

Once again on Thursday night, he was a healthy scratch.

"Nicolas Deslauriers is officially a healthy scratch. So Egor Zamula is in the lineup, and Deslauriers is out. Flyers sticking with 11/7." - Charlie O'Connor, Philadelphia journalist



Deslauriers has played in 45 of his team's 52 games, and there's no indication that he will become a regular again soon. When a head coach chooses to use 11 forwards and seven defensemen when he has 12 healthy forwards, it speaks volumes.

It's clear that D-Lo no longer has the confidence of John Tortorella, and there's reason to believe that Daniel Brière could trade him.

Do you think Kent Hughes should call his counterpart in Philadelphia to inquire?

Deslauriers has only three assists and 53 penalty minutes this season, well below his usual standards. With the Canadiens, he had a season of 10 goals in 58 games. Could he benefit from a fresh start to give a second wind to his career?

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Nicolas Deslauriers back with the Canadiens? Kent Hughes has a golden opportunity to go after him, and he should contact Daniel Brière

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