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2018/19 Laval Rocket General Discussion Thread

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With Laval's season set to get underway tomorrow, it's time to get the regular season thread going.  We'll use this thread for any general news and notes around the team as well as the AHL/ECHL in general.

 

On the ECHL front, the Canadiens do not have a specific affiliate this season after Brampton (rightfully) dropped them to partner up with Ottawa.  As a result, Laval will have players with several teams in 2018-19.  They will have a working arrangement with Maine (the Rangers' affiliate) to send a few players there.  However, three of their potential ECHL-bound players are tied to specific teams around the league after being qualified and placed on protected lists.  Those are:

 

G Etienne Marcoux (Indy)

F Phelix Martineau (Fort Wayne)

D T.J. Melancon (Norfolk)

 

Even though those players are now under contract to Laval, they'll have to report to that specific ECHL team if and when they're sent down.

 

RDS is once again showing quite a few Laval home games - 18 in total this season.  The TV schedule can be found here.

 

Unlike last year, Laval doesn't have a surplus of veteran players just yet which is nice.  Here's the rule in case it comes up during the season:

 

A maximum of five skaters with 320 career professional games* played (as of the start of the season) can dress per night.  Teams can also dress an additional skater with between 260-319 professional GP as a sixth veteran (more than one in this group can play if there are fewer than five veterans with 320+ GP).

 
*Qualifying leagues towards the veteran GP calculation: NHL, AHL, NLA, Czech Extraliga, Slovak Extraliga, KHL, SHL, SM-liiga, and DEL. Only regular season games count towards the calculation.

 

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Just spent $209 on Centerice, think will pass on adding RDS, if games would even be shown out here?

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11 hours ago, DON said:

Just spent $209 on Centerice, think will pass on adding RDS, if games would even be shown out here?

 

The AHL games are shown nationwide.

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Five players have been cut - T.J. Melancon goes to Norfolk, Phelix Martineau is off to Fort Wayne, while Antoine Waked, Ryan Culkin, and Morgan Adams-Moisan are going to Maine of the ECHL.  Surprisingly, they're still carrying three goalies.

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I guess he wasn't as willing to start in the minors as he claimed to be...  Laval now has a veteran slot to work with; it'll be interesting to see if they find someone to use that on in the coming days/weeks.

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On 10/10/2018 at 8:06 PM, dlbalr said:

 

I guess he wasn't as willing to start in the minors as he claimed to be...  Laval now has a veteran slot to work with; it'll be interesting to see if they find someone to use that on in the coming days/weeks.

 

Deslauriers?

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9 hours ago, Trizzak said:

Deslauriers?

 

Certainly a possibility.  (Although I'm not sure he'd get a lot of playing time based on the current depth chart...)  Had de la Rose made it through unclaimed, he'd have essentially taken that last slot as a 260-319 pro GP player (since SHL games count).

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I liked how McCarron playeid yesterday. His skating has definitely improved.

I think it is smart to use him on the PK.

Fleury looked shaky, and Agostino looked like the best forward to me

 

Go Rocket Go!

Go Habs Go!

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