Following Monday’s 5-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs, head coach Claude Julien mentioned that the Canadiens would trim their roster in the coming days to get it close to its final form for the start of the regular season.
Today they trimmed the remaining preseason roster by four players, reducing the number still with the team to 39.
Among the cuts is Joel Ward. While he had some flashes, he was not to carve out a role in the Canadiens lineup this year. Nick Suzuki was also returned to the Owen Sound Attack.
None of the players have to pass through waivers.
Here is the full list of of the released players:
Nick Suzuki (sent to junior)
Joel Ward (released)
Here are the 39 players still at camp:
Jacob de la Rose
Nicolas Deslauriers (injured)
Andrew Shaw (injured)
Hayden Verbeek (injured)
Matt Taormina (injured)
Jarret Tyszka (injured)
Shea Weber (injured)
Injured players cannot be cut from camp until they are officially cleared.