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Rocket: Mattias Norlinder left out (even though he’s healthy)

Mattias Norlinder surprised many at the Habs camp this season. He was one of the team’s last cuts, and if it hadn’t been for the congestion on the blue line (on the left side), he would have had a better chance of making the club.

But with the Rocket, it’s very different. Norlinder isn’t doing a good job. And today, he’ll be left out.

Jean-François Houle has a lot of healthy defensemen in the lineup, and he had to make choices.

Laval takes on the Manitoba Moose at 3pm.

The Rocket has nine defensemen, but that’s including Gustav Lindstrom, who left for Montreal because of doubts about Jordan Harris.

Norlinder is among the two defensemen cut for the game.

In 10 games this season, the left-hander has just two points, and as Anthony Marcotte points out in his tweet above, he has the worst record (minus-13) in the AHL. Ouch.

I don’t know if the Swede was upset about being cut from the big club, but clearly, playing like this isn’t going to earn him a recall. Is the defenseman’s performance at the big club’s training camp just a flash in the pan, and the Norlinder of recent seasons back?

Let’s hope his absence from this afternoon’s game sends him a message.


Like Norlinder, the Rocket hasn’t had the start to the season they’d hoped for. They had high expectations for the 2023-2024 season, yet their 2-7-1 record ranks them last in the North Division. Laval hasn’t played in a week, so he’s had time to prepare.

Let’s see if they (re)find their way to victory.

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