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Danick Martel will not be returning to Laval next year

The Laval Rocket’s season review took place today. Most players took the time to confirm their return for the 2023-24 season, but some did not.

Rocket head coach Jean-François Houle explained to the media that he doesn’t think Danick Martel will be back next season. He explained that he had had an emotional conversation with the player he managed in junior and in the AHL.

The 28-year-old Quebecer joined Laval for the 2021-22 season and has had his moments with the organization. He scored 45 points, including 21 goals, in 96 games with the Canadiens’ affiliate.

Martel was injured for much of the last campaign. It’s still uncertain whether he’ll find work in the AHL, having signed a one-way contract with the Rocket last summer.

Corey Schueneman will also be leaving. Several of his interview responses suggested that the chances of seeing him again in Laval or Montreal are slim.

As Anthony Marcotte of BPM Sports explains, the 27-year-old defenseman would like the opportunity to play in the NHL next year. There are plenty of candidates for the CH blue line right now, and it would be surprising to see Schueneman make the cut in 2023-24. We therefore expect him to leave.

Schueneman did very well with Montreal in 2023-24. He was recalled for a total of seven games and collected one assist, in addition to maintaining a +1 differential.

Two other players are likely to leave the Rocket next year, but for different reasons.

Rafaël Harvey-Pinard and Jesse Ylönen have reportedly completed their training in Laval and could earn a regular spot with the Canadiens next season. As for RHP, it seems almost certain. Ylönen is close, but he’ll have to make sure he impresses at the CH camp.

In gusto

– The playoffs are shaking up.

– Heavy loss for the Jets at the blue line.

– He never liked Bergevin anyway!

– Boom!

– Sean Rea loves Montreal.

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