Alzner has opted out of the Return to Play program, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports. Alzner didn't log any points across four games with Montreal during the regular season, having spent the bulk of the campaign in the minors. The Canadiens will now have to do without the veteran defenseman when the 2019-20 season resumes, though he wasn't expected to see an important role with the restart.
Alzner was reassigned to AHL Laval on Monday in order to be eligible for the AHL playoffs and will be back with the Habs for Tuesday's clash with Vancouver, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. Saturday's matchup with Ottawa was Alzner's first taste of NHL action since Jan. 10, 2019. With the 23-man roster limit lifted, Montreal could opt to keep the veteran defenseman in the NHL for the remainder of the 2019-20 campaign. Alzner has never been an offensive powerhouse, so fantasy owners shouldn't be expecting to see him on the scoresheet that often.
Alzner was recalled from AHL Laval on an emergency basis Friday. Alzner's recall is likely a move to ensure the Canadiens will have six defensemen for Saturday's game against the Senators. Fellow left-shot blueliners Victor Mete (lower body) and Xavier Ouellet (concussion) are sidelined, which could give Alzner the chance to make his first NHL appearance of 2019-20.
Alzner was designated for waivers by the Habs on Thursday for purpose of reassignment. Alzner spent the bulk of the 2018-19 campaign in the minors with AHL Laval and it seems likely he will be back there again this year. The defender appeared in 682 games during his 11-year NHL career, in which he tallied 20 goals and 110 helpers. The 31-year-old was never an offensive force, but should provide some solid veteran leadership for the Rocket.
Alzner (groin) will play in Monday's home preseason game versus the Maple Leafs. Alzner has played in 682 NHL games, registering 130 points and 219 PIM, but his roster spot isn't guaranteed, as he played nine games with AHL Laval last season. The 30-year-old blueliner has three years remaining on his $4.625 million AAV contract, and he has just a few more preseason games to establish that he belongs with the big club.
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