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Montreal blueliner hints at asking for a trade rather than spend another season in the minors

august 23, 2019
Embattled Montreal defenseman Karl Alzner says all he wants to do is return to playing at the highest level, and if that means asking for a trade away from the Habs, there's a good possibility that will happen. In an interview with TVA Sports, Alzner stated he wants a regular role in the NHL.

"I want to have a chance to play, which I did not really have last year. I felt good in every game I played," said the 30-year-old. "It's hard to know what to do differently. I hope I have the right time when I return. I do not really know what to expect."

Alzner states he did not have an end-of-season meeting with Habs GM Marc Bergevin and adds his only interview was a "two or three minute" phone call with Joel Bouchard, coach of the Laval Rocket, Montreal's AHL affiliate. While he states he has not yet formally asked to be traded, he may be left with no choice.

"I do not want to make noise. At the same time, you want to make sure your voice is heard in a situation like that," he said. "I was probably open to the idea of ​​being exchanged when I read between the lines. I would prefer to play at the highest level. Even though I enjoyed my time in Laval, I do not want a team to use me as a mentor. I want to be led and win. "

Alzner signed a five-year deal worth $ 4.625 million a season with the Canadiens in 2017. After a disastrous first season, he spent much of the next year in Laval, playing only nine games in the NHL. Alzner says he's not really interested in doing that again.

"I realize that my contract is hard to absorb for an organization. Most teams are near the ceiling. This is the disadvantageous part, but I want to find myself with a team where I feel desired. It's important to me."

FEBRUARY 27, 2020
TOP 20 G A PTS
DOMINIK KUBALIK
3 - 3
BOBBY RYAN
3 - 3
MATT DUMBA
2 1 3
RYAN STROME
2 1 3
MIKAEL BACKLUND
1 2 3
KEVIN FIALA
1 2 3
RYAN ELLIS
- 3 3
CHRIS TIERNEY
- 3 3
MIKAEL GRANLUND
2 - 2
RASMUS ANDERSSON
1 1 2
CONNOR BROWN
1 1 2
KYLE CONNOR
1 1 2
RYAN DONATO
1 1 2
ADAM FOX
1 1 2
RYAN HARTMAN
1 1 2
JUSTIN HOLL
1 1 2
ZACH HYMAN
1 1 2
NIKITA KUCHEROV
1 1 2
BRAD MARCHAND
1 1 2
AUSTON MATTHEWS
1 1 2
COMPLETE LIST  
NHL LEADERS
POINTS GP PTS
LEON DRAISAITL
64 99
DAVID PASTRNAK
65 90
CONNOR MCDAVID
58 87
ARTEMI PANARIN
62 87
NATHAN MACKINNON
62 85
BRAD MARCHAND
65 81
PATRICK KANE
64 79
NIKITA KUCHEROV
62 78
JACK EICHEL
62 77
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
64 77
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
GOALS GP G
DAVID PASTRNAK
65 46
AUSTON MATTHEWS
65 44
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
63 43
LEON DRAISAITL
64 37
SEBASTIAN AHO
62 36
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ASSISTS GP A
LEON DRAISAITL
64 62
JOHN CARLSON
64 57
CONNOR MCDAVID
58 56
ARTEMI PANARIN
62 55
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
64 55
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
DEFENSEMEN GP PTS
JOHN CARLSON
64 72
ROMAN JOSI
63 58
VICTOR HEDMAN
62 53
QUINN HUGHES
62 51
ALEX PIETRANGELO
64 48
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QUINN HUGHES
62 51
CALE MAKAR
54 45
DOMINIK KUBALIK
62 43
VICTOR OLOFSSON
48 40
NICK SUZUKI
66 40
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ANDREI VASILEVSKIY
47 32
JORDAN BINNINGTON
47 29
FREDERIK ANDERSEN
49 27
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
53 27
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
46 26
COMPLETE STANDINGS  
SHUTOUTS GP SO
ELVIS MERZLIKINS
32 5
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY
46 5
CONNOR HELLEBUYCK
53 5
CAREY PRICE
55 4
JAMES REIMER
25 3
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