At 28, forward Jordan Weal finds himself stupidly demoted in the American League (AHL), with the Laval Rocket.
Weal, who played 49 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season, hasn’t played in the AHL since 2016-17. At the time, he wore the colors of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, in the Philadelphia Flyers organization.
Following the hires made by general manager Marc Bergevin in recent months, Weal has not had much of a chance to show off at the Habs training camp. As proof, he was employed on a trio with Lukas Vejdemo and Laurent Dauphin during intra-team matches.
With an average annual salary of $ 1.4 million, Weal seemed a perfect fit to be cut off to help the Habs meet the salary cap. He is in his last year of contract with the Montreal organization.
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Ignored on waivers earlier this week, Weal should therefore join the Rocket, unless he is soon promoted to the reserve squad. The native of British Columbia has already had a fair amount of success in the AHL, having won the Jack A. Butterfield trophy, awarded to the MVP of the playoffs in 2015 when playing for the Manchester Monarchs. . Weal had 22 points, including 10 goals, in 19 playoff games with the Los Angeles Kings school club.
In the National Hockey League, Weal totaled 69 points, including 32 goals, in 218 regular season games. He had been limited to a harvest of 15 points, hitting the target eight times, during the recent campaign. Weal had also scored two of his power-play goals.