Karl Alzner’s back in the big leagues, you guys!
After spending 10 games in the AHL, Alzner has been recalled by the Montreal Canadiens for practice Thursday in Brossard, Quebec. According to Sportsnet, the Montreal Canadiens will then travel to Florida to take on the Panthers on Friday.
The former Capitals defenseman was summoned back to the NHL due to an injury to defenseman David Schlemko.
Alzner, who signed a five-year, $23.125 million deal with the Habs in July 2017, was a healthy scratch during Montreal’s season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs. The scratch ended Alzner’s 622 consecutive games streak. Alzner would only play eight games in the NHL this season until he was put on waivers November 26. After not being claimed by another team, Alzner was sent to the Canadiens’ AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket. He scored a goal in his first game.
Since then, Alzner has totaled two points in 10 games, including seven shots.
Alzner was the AHL’s highest paid player during his month in the minor leagues.
The former Capitals first-round pick recently said that seeing Washington win the Stanley Cup “was the first time I was happy to see a team that I wasn’t on win.”
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MONTREAL – The Canadiens announced on Wednesday that they had recalled defenseman Karl Alzner from the AHL’s Laval Rocket. He will join the club for practice on Thursday at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard.
Alzner, 30, was reassigned to Laval on November 27. Since then, he has dressed for 10 games with the Rocket, posting two points (1G, 1A) and a plus-4 differential. The rearguard had played eight games for the Canadiens prior to being sent to Laval, registering one assist and a plus-2 differential.
A native of Burnaby, BC, Alzner has played 681 NHL games with the Canadiens and Washington Capitals, recording 20 goals, 110 assists and a plus-56 differential. He was Washington’s first-round pick (5th overall) in 2007.
The Canadiens also announced that defenseman David Schlemko has been placed on injured reserve retroactive to December 20 due to an upper-body injury. Schlemko has suited up 18 times this season for the Habs, registering a pair of assists, both of them on the power play.
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