The Hurricanes acquired Lajoie via trade from the Senators for Clark Bishop on Tuesday.
Lajoie played six NHL games last season, but he spent most of his time with AHL Belleville, accruing 17 points over 48 contests. This swap of minor-league players will provide Lajoie a fresh start, but he's still expected to skate almost exclusively with AHL Chicago.
Lajoie was sent back to AHL Belleville on Monday.
Lajoie has been held scoreless in six NHL contests this season. Ottawa won't play again until Sunday, so the 22-year-old blueliner could be brought back up to the big club after the holiday break.
Lajoie will be recalled from AHL Belleville on Friday, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
The Senators will be without Ron Hainsey (undisclosed) against the Flyers on Saturday, which precipitated the promotion of Lajoie. The 21-year-old will have to immediately jump into the lineup versus Philadelphia and will likely log more than the 7:39 of ice time he's averaged in four appearances for Ottawa this year.
The Senators reassigned Lajoie to AHL Belleville on Wednesday.
Lajoie has been a healthy scratch for nine of 13 contests since being recalled Nov. 22 and has only averaged 7:39 of ice time in the games he's appeared in, so this move makes sense. The 22-year-old blueliner will return to a prominent role with Belleville, where he's registered five helpers in 17 games this campaign.
Ottawa recalled Lajoie from AHL Belleville on Friday.
Erik Brannstrom is dealing with an undisclosed injury, so Lajoie could make his season debut with the Senators as soon as Friday against the Rangers. The 22-year-old blueliner has picked up five helpers in 17 AHL appearances this season.
Lajoie was assigned to AHL Belleville on Sunday.
Lajoie finished the season hitting a wall, and there's a real concern that Ottawa has lost confidence in him, given that he's now going to start the year in the AHL after opening last year with the parent club. It's likely safe to wait for him to show he can return to the form he showed in 2018 before using a roster spot on him.
Lajoie was relegated to AHL Belleville on Saturday.
The Senators have initiated the process of selling off premier skaters ahead of Monday's trade deadline, with Matt Duchene, who was flipped to Columbus on Friday, being the first major domino to fall in the post-Erik Karlsson era. However, Lajoie descending to the minor league probably has more to do with his own struggles -- he has zero points and a minus-6 rating over the past eight games -- rather than any kind of trade fallout.
Lajoie went without a point in the final 13 games of the first half, posting a minus-4 rating over that span.
Lajoie's rookie season looked extremely promising when he racked up seven points in his first six games, but he's managed to add just six more in the 39 contests since then. The 20-year-old blueliner has recorded just one point since the start of December and has seen his power-play time dwindle down the stretch as well. Though Lajoie has a good shot to stick around and gain experience given that the Senators are well out of the playoff race, he shouldn't be expected to produce a ton from an offensive perspective.
Lajoie (undisclosed) will return to the lineup for Saturday's game against Pittsburgh.
Lajoie has been a solid source of offense from the blue line during his rookie campaign, notching six goals and 12 points in 26 contests. The 2016 fifth-round pick will likely return to a middle-pairing role against the Penguins.
Lajoie (undisclosed) won't play Thursday against the Canadiens.
Lajoie participated in pregame warmups, but he evidently isn't feeling well enough to gut it out against Montreal. The 21-year-old rookie's next opportunity to return to the lineup will arrive Saturday against the Penguins.
Lajoie (undisclosed) is hoping to play Thursday evening against the visiting Canadiens, Ian Mendes of TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
Lajoie originally wasn't expected to play in the upcoming contest, but those plans could change since the rookie defenseman reportedly feels good enough to take warmups. Ottawa's fifth-round pick from the 2016 draft has been quite the find, as he's up to six goals and assists apiece -- including seven man-advantage points -- through 26 games.
Lajoie (undisclosed) skated Monday, but isn't expected to be ready for Tuesday's game against the Canadiens, Brent Wallace of TSN reports.
Thomas Chabot has gotten most of the love among Ottawa's young defensemen, but Lajoie has been quite good in his own right. Through 26 games, the 20-year-old has six goals and six assists. Lajoie may not play Tuesday, but it seems like he may be ready to go Thursday when the Senators and Canadiens square off once again.
Lajoie (undisclosed) will be an injured scratch for Saturday's matinee against the Sharks, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reports.
Justin Falk reportedly will sub in for Lajoie, whose next chance to play will be Tuesday for a road game against the Habs.
Lajoie (undisclosed) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's matinee against the Sharks, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports.
The Senators signed Justin Falk to a two-way contract Thursday, and Wallace is saying that Falk would be the one to sub in for Lajoie if he can't give it a go.
Lajoie is considered questionable for Saturday's game against the Sharks due to an undisclosed injury, TSN 1200 Ottawa reports.
With Lajoie banged up the Senators are down to five healthy defensemen on their roster, so if he's unable to go, they'll likely need to promote a player from AHL Binghamton ahead of their matchup with San Jose. Another update on the 20-year-old rookie's status should surface prior to puck drop Saturday afternoon.
Lajoie scored a goal Sunday in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Lightning.
Sunday's goal broke a seven-game pointless streak for the 20-year-old blueliner. Lajoie has been a bright spot in an otherwise unimpressive Senators season and he now has eight points in 14 games.
Lajoie scored a second period goal Monday in his team's 4-1 win over Dallas.
That's now three games in a row where the 20-year-old has found the stat sheet, and the defenseman has seven points on the season, including four goals. Lajoie is hot right now and the Senators are putting up goals in bunches, so if you're looking for blue-line help, he's worth taking a flier on to try to ride this train for as long as it lasts.
Lajoie had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut for Ottawa on Thursday night. The Senators lost 4-3 in overtime to Chicago.
Lajoie's goal brought his mom to tears. The 20-year-old defender tallied 119 points in 203 games in the WHL and impressed with his poise and ability to push the puck. Now, Lajoie is playing in the NHL and looks like he belongs. It will be a long season in Ottawa, so don't invest in single-year leagues. But keeper leaguers need to know Lajoie's name.
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