Montreal Canadiens defenceman Karl Alzner is the latest NHL player to opt out of returning to play.
The Montreal Canadiens have announced that defenseman Karl Alzner has informed the organization that he has made the decision to opt out of Phase 3 and 4 of the NHL's Return to Play Plan.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 12, 2020
All NHL players have until Monday to opt out, for any reason and without consequence. Others that have opted out already include Flames defenceman Travis Hamonic, Canucks winger Sven Baertschi, Oilers rearguard Mike Green, and Stars blueliner Roman Polak.
Alzner has not yet detailed his reason for opting out.
The 31-year-old appeared in just four games for Montreal, spending the majority of the season with the AHL’s Laval Rocket. He was unlikely to see much game action for the Canadiens in their best-of-five series against the Pittsburgh Penguins.