The Montreal Canadiens named nine of their players on waivers on Sunday noon, including those of Quebecers Alex Belzile, Laurent Dauphin and Xavier Ouellet.
Forwards Brandon Baddock, Joseph Blandisi and Jordan Weal, defenders Noah Juulsen and Gustav Olofsson, as well as goalkeeper Charlie Lindgren suffered the same fate.
Among this batch of skaters, Weal has the most experience in the National Hockey Line (NHL). The center player has been playing there full time since the 2017-2018 campaign. The Canadian acquired the Arizona Coyotes in February 2019. In 65 games in the blue-white-red uniform, he scored 12 goals and provided 13 assists for 25 points. He seems to have fallen victim to the new depth of the organization.
For his part, Belzile played his first games in the Bettman circuit during the last playoffs. In six outings, he had amassed an assist.
Finally, Ouellet shuttled between the CH and the Laval Rocket, in the American League, for the past two seasons. In 31 clashes with the Canadian, he has obtained five assists.
Several Quebecers on waivers
Elsewhere in the Bettman Circuit, other teams have placed players on the roster in an attempt to send them to their school clubs.
This is particularly the case for Josh Ho-Sang, who still has not managed to make his place with the New York Islanders, and Quebec goaltender Louis Domingue, who was unable to beat Jakob Markstrom and David Rittich at the Calgary Flames.
Other representatives of the Belle Province were also added to the waiver. Frederick Gaudreau and Maxime Lagacé (Pittsburgh Penguins), Gabriel Dumont (Minnesota Wild), Philippe Desrosiers (Florida Panthers) and Bokondji Imama (Los Angeles Kings) suffered the same fate.
The other teams in the NHL have until Monday noon to claim one of these players.