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Christian Folin clears waivers, assigned to Laval Rocket

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The defenceman should get a chance to play.

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Christian Folin has cleared waivers on Monday and will be assigned to the Laval Rocket by the Montreal Canadiens.

The defenceman has played only 12 games this season, five in the NHL and seven in the AHL. He earned one assist in the NHL and no points in the AHL. His seven AHL games came as part of a conditioning stint.

Folin played 19 games with the Canadiens last season after being acquired alongside Dale Weise from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for Byron Froese and David Schlemko. He had four assists.

He has played 233 career NHL games, scoring seven goals and adding 36 assists. Before his conditioning stint, his last extended stay in the AHL was in 2015-16 with the Iowa Wild when he played 28 games.

The Rocket currently have only one right-handed defenceman (Josh Brook) in their lineup. Both Xavier Ouellet and Evan McEneny are left-handed defencemen playing the right side. This move will likely have Folin replacing McEneny, who is on an AHL professional try out contract. They also have Maxim Lamarche on the roster on an AHL contract.

With Folin clearing waivers, the Canadiens have 14 defenders under NHL contract.