Canadiens defenceman Alzner opts out of NHL playoffs

Jul 11 2020, 6:25 pm

Montreal Canadiens defenceman Karl Alzner is the latest NHL player to opt out of returning to play.

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.

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