Montreal Canadiens defenseman Arber Xhekaj celebrating a goal with his teammates Brendan Gallagher and Tanner Pearson
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Elliotte Friedman Drops A Major Bombshell About The Future Of Arber Xhekaj In Montreal

Published January 23, 2024 at 8:52

A recent report from Elliotte Friedman has confirmed major news regarding the future of Arber Xhekaj with the Montreal Canadiens. First, he talks about the pursuit of Xhekaj by several other teams.

Friedman Confirms Several Teams Are Calling About Xhekaj

On his 32 Thoughts Podcast NHL insider Elliotte Friedman discussed Montreal Canadiens defenseman Arber Xhekaj.

When talking about Xhekaj, Friedman confirmed that several teams reached out to the Canadiens about a trade. He believes one of those teams was the Philadelphia Flyers when they were looking for a trade partner to take Cutter Gauthier.

Friedman on teams calling about Arber Xhekaj (32TP): "I wouldn't be surprised if Philly was among those teams. I don't know if it was a deal with (Cutter) Gauthier or something else, but it makes a lot of sense. If Xhekaj doesn't want to be a Canadien, man, he's a Flyer."

While this trade did not go through Friedman believes that the Flyers' interest in a player like Xhekaj remains. Although the Flyers are pursuing Xhekaj heavily Friedman has indicated the Canadiens might not be such a willing trade partner on that front.

Friedman Drops A Major Bombshell About The Future Of Xhekaj

When talking about a Xhekaj trade from the Montreal perspective the Canadiens are reportedly less interested in dealing the young star. Friedman confirms the Canadiens have told him they have no plans to deal Xhekaj away.

Friedman repeats, Habs have told teams they are not trading him.

Xhekaj was recently called back up to the NHL by the Canadiens. During his time in the AHL Xhekaj found an offensive side of his game not shown before in the NHL. If he can translate the offensive success back to the NHL his trade value will only continue to skyrocket.

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Elliotte Friedman Drops A Major Bombshell About The Future Of Arber Xhekaj In Montreal

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