Monday, September 26, 2011

Habs Announce Second Wave of Cuts

The Montreal Canadiens announced a number of cuts this afternoon as, despite injuries, their roster gets closer to a manageable size and to a decision on which players will start the season with the team.

The following players were dropped from camp and returned to the following teams:

Olivier Archambault (Drummondville, QMJHL)
Morgan Ellis (Cape Breton, QMJHL)
Nathan Beaulieu (Saint-Jean, QMJHL)
Jarred Tinordi (London, OHL)

Alexander Avtsin (Hamilton, AHL)
Alain Berger (Hamitlon, AHL)
Andrew Conboy (Hamilton, AHL)
Philip DeSimone (Try-out, Hamilton, AHL)
Phillippe Lefebvre (Hamilton, AHL)
Dany Masse (Hamilton, AHL)
Mark Mitera (Hamilton, AHL)
Joe Stejskal (Hamilton, AHL)
Brock Trotter (Hamilton, AHL)

Robert Mayer (Hamilton, AHL)
Peter Delmas (Hamilton, AHL)

Also today the Canadiens placed the name of Brock Trotter on waivers in order to be sent to Hamilton, meaning unofficially he is part of this wave of cuts as well. This is undoubtedly disappointing for Trotter, who returned to North America from the KHL hoping he had improved enough to earn an NHL job. He did little to help his cause during training camp, however, mostly unnoticeable in the games he played. He should have a good season with the Bulldogs and be one of their leading scorers.

There was some talk of Alexander Avtsin being unhappy at the news of being cut and speaking of flying home to Russia. These reports are unconfirmed and are in stark contrast from what we heard from Avtsin not long ago, when he sounded very committed to toughing it out in North America. It is hard to see what Avtsin would be upset about, as he was given 3 preseason games to show his stuff and was largely ineffective. He could not have expected to be on the club's opening night roster.

For a list of players remaining in camp, SEE HERE.

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