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Montreal Canadiens send 19 players to the Laval Rocket

The first wave of cuts is made ahead of their two games Friday and Saturday.

Shanna Martin

The Montreal Canadiens have sent 19 players to the Laval Rocket in preparation of the American Hockey League camp starting on Monday.

Most of the players cut have been in the team’s minor league group at practices. Players on NHL contracts who were cut include forwards Arsen Khisamutdinov, Cam Hillis, Joël Teasdale, and defencemen Louie Belpedio, Xavier Ouellet, and Josh Brook. Of that group, Ouellet and Belpedio need to clear waivers Friday afternoon, and Teasdale and Brook are injured.

Update: Ouellet and Belpedio cleared waivers on Friday.

Players with AHL contracts who were cut include forwards Peter Abbandonato, Cedric Desruisseaux, Justin Ducharme, Brandon Gignac, Jake Lucchini, Shawn St-Amant and Kevin Roy, defencemen Terrance Amorosa, Charles-David Beaudoin, Tory Dello, Cody Goloubef and Carl Neill, and goaltender Alexis Gravel.

Of that group, Gravel and Goloubef are on camp tryout contracts.

The Canadiens play the Ottawa Senators on Friday and Saturday, and after one or both of those games, you can expect another dozen or so players to be sent to Rocket camp. Following the two games this weekend, the Canadiens will be in one practice group.