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Montreal Canadiens send Karl Alzner back to Laval Rocket

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The defenceman on a paper transaction to save waiver eligibility during Canadiens bye week.

Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens have sent defenceman Karl Alzner back to the Laval Rocket today.

The move has not yet been announced by the team but was first noticed on the AHL’s transaction wire.

The team did this not only so Alzner - who has played one NHL game and one AHL game since being recalled - could get into game action, it’s also to save time before he requires waivers again.

Alzner has been up for 28 days, and can be up 30 days without needing waivers again. He could also play in 10 games, but it’s clear that the days limit will be reached well before.

The Canadiens don’t have a practice until January 31, and don’t play again until February 2 when they host the New Jersey Devils that afternoon. The Rocket have three games in that time frame as they head on a road trip to Lehigh Valley, Hershey, and then Toronto as the AHL’s All-Star break is also coming up.

Because the Canadiens haven’t officially announced the move, it’s possible that Alzner will not actually play for the Rocket and this is just a paper transaction.

Update: It is indeed a paper transaction. Alzner won’t report to Pennsylvania this weekend.