The Montreal Canadiens have sent defenceman Cale Fleury to the Laval Rocket.
The 21-year-old made the team out of training camp and played in 41 of the team’s 52 games. He was a healthy scratch for the last four games before and after the All-Star break. He has one goal and no assists on the season.
Fleury spent last season with the Rocket, scoring nine goals and adding 14 assists in 60 games. He is in his second professional season.
He found himself behind Marco Scandella after he was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres, and Victor Mete’s return from injury pushed him further down the order. Brett Kulak has also been effective with Jeff Petry.
With the move, a defenceman will have to be called up from the Rocket. It should be expected that the call up will be one of Gustav Olofsson, Otto Leskinen, Karl Alzner, or Christian Folin who all have NHL experience.
The Rocket play two home games against the Belleville Senators on Friday and Saturday, and will be helped by Fleury’s presence in their push to the playoffs. Fleury himself could be recalled if the Canadiens want him to simply get into a game.
Xavier Ouellet will miss Friday’s Rocket game with an injury, and also would have been among the call up options if healthy.