He has no future with the CH, anyway → https://t.co/xtNBkQcKCD
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 17, 2023
We all agree that he’s lost some of his superbness since the days when he was seen as a top-quality prospect, but it was a bit out of nowhere all the same.
That said, after McCagg’s statement, you could sense that there was still some doubt about it. After all, even if he’s been overtaken by many in the team’s hierarchy, he’s still a guy under contract with the team and you had to wonder if a prep game in Europe was enough evidence.
David Reinbacher has already played two in the last few days, and it’s a different story in his case.
And today, the rumor has clearly been debunked. Mathias Brunet affirmed it in his text of the day, and Nicolas Cloutier(who spoke with the defenseman’s agent) also reported that Norlinder will indeed be at the team’s camp.
Rumours that Mattias Norlinder will not be returning to North America for the final year of his contract with the Canadiens are false.
Norlinder is scheduled to fly to Montreal in early September. He will be at the Canadiens camp, his agent confirms. @TVASports
– Nicolas Cloutier (@NCloutierTVA) August 21, 2023
On the other hand, although Norlinder’s agent seems to be saying that his client is ready to spend the year in North America, it’s questionable whether he’ll stay in town beyond training camp. Let’s not forget thathe hated his first stint in the AHL, and last year amassed just 19 points in 67 games in Laval.
I’m not sure he particularly enjoyed the second one either, as he seems to be homesick for Europe.
At the same time, I’d like to think that Norlinder won’t come to camp thinking he’ll get a spot in the NHL. And if he ever does (whether in Montreal or elsewhere), he’ll need to continue acclimatizing to North American rinks.
So it’ll be a story to follow, but the good news is that we can expect to see Norlinder in town for the Habs’ training camp. The next steps will be quite interesting, shall we say.
– An unusual trio.
Cole Caufield with Adam Fantilli and the actor Jeff Daniels from Dumb & Dumber. pic.twitter.com/oHCxJ0eMTP
– /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) August 21, 2023
– News from Quentin Miller.
A little saucette at the Quebec Remparts camp today to “celebrate” the return from vacation.
After a crazy summer, Habs prospect Quentin Miller now wants to prove he belongs among the QMJHL’s elite.https://t.co/vwAlUJD3G9
– Kevin Dubé (@KDubeJDQ) August 21, 2023
– It’s up to him to make himself indispensable.