The Montreal Canadiens made their first round of significant cuts following last night’s loss to the Boston Bruins. Fourteen players were released from the roster, leaving 38 players remaining in camp.
Louis Leblanc was the biggest surprise of the cuts, not so much that he was released, but the fact he was only given one pre-season game and has to wait until Friday before Hamilton Bulldogs camp begins, and they will not take to the ice until Sunday morning.
Also released were forwards Martin Reway, Charles Hudon, Joonas Naatinen, Stephen MacAulay, Stefan Fournier, Sven Andrighetto and Erik Nystrom, defensemen Morgan Ellis, Darren Dietz, Matt Lashoff and Dalton Thower as well as goaltenders Zach Fucale and Robert Mayer.
Fucale, Reway and Hudon will all return to their respective Junior clubs in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, while the remaining will be attending Bulldogs camp. The Bulldogs regular season starts on October 11th.
The Canadiens next pre-season game is Friday night, when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.
Tim Bozon, Connor Crisp and Jeremy Gregoire were realeased earlier in the week.
The Canadiens still have five exhibition games to play before the regular season begins on October 1st, when the Habs play host to the Toronto Maple Leafs.