Karl Alzner
D MTL
4 days ago

Alzner was recalled from AHL Laval on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Alzner will join the team for its trip to Columbus, though there is no guarantee he will slot into the lineup. If the defender does slot into the lineup, Brett Kulak or Jordie Benn figures to be the odd man out.

Karl Alzner
D MTL
5 days ago

Alzner was sent down to Laval following Montreal's 5-1 win over the Panthers on Tuesday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

The plan is for Alzner to suit for AHL Laval on Wednesday before re-joining the Canadiens for their trip to Columbus to take on the Blue Jackets. The veteran blueliner has become a non-factor in reality as well as in fantasy.

Karl Alzner
D MTL
1 week ago

Alzner was in the active lineup Thursday and registered one shot along with one hit in a 4-1 loss to St. Louis.

EDGE Analysis

Alzner replaced the smaller Mike Reilly against the physical Blues. It marked the first time Alzner's played since he was recalled from AHL Laval in late December.

Karl Alzner
D MTL
4 weeks ago

Alzner was recalled from AHL Laval on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Since being demoted, Alzner hasn't exactly found his game in the minors, posting just a goal and assist in 10 games with AHL Laval. However, with David Schlemko landing on injured reserve with an upper-body injury, the 30-year-old Alzner stands to get a healthy dose of game action in his return to the parent club.

Karl Alzner
D MTL
2 months ago

Alzner scored a goal, finished plus-2 and was named the first star in his debut at AHL Laval on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The 30-year-old Alzner was assigned to Laval on Tuesday after clearing NHL waivers. "I was shocked, honestly," Alzner told Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette about his goal after the game. "I don't typically get those ones off too well. They're kind of tough when they're coming right at you. But I was just lucky I got a hold of it and it found a spot. I don't know if the goalie was really expecting it to come high. That's kind of what I needed just to kind of settle me into the game. It's good to score a goal at any level." There are no immediate plans to bring Alzner back to Montreal.

Karl Alzner
D MTL
2 months ago

Alzner reported to AHL Laval after clearing waivers Tuesday, Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

Alzner met with the media with a smile ahead of his first game with the Rocket on Wednesday against Belleville. The 30-year-old defenseman isn't happy to be in the minors, but at a salary of $6 million this season -- the highest-paid player in the AHL -- it's easier to put a smile on his face. His goal is to get back to the NHL either with the Canadiens or with another franchise, though finding takers for a guy with another three years and $11 million left beyond this season will be a challenge.

Karl Alzner
D MTL
2 months ago

Alzner was placed on waivers by the Habs on Monday, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports.

EDGE Analysis

By waiving Alzner, Montreal clears a spot on the 23-man roster to activate Shea Weber (knee) off injured reserve, which will likely occur ahead of Tuesday's clash with Carolina. What this means for Alzner's future remains to be seen, as the 30-year-old may not be willing to report to AHL Laval, especially considering he hasn't played in the minors since 2009-10 when he was with the Capitals. If he clears waivers -- which is certainly not guaranteed -- the expectation is the team will assign him to the minors.

Karl Alzner
D MTL
2 months ago

Alzner had one shot and one hit over 17:07 of ice time on the third pair in Friday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Sabres.

EDGE Analysis

Coach Claude Julien, looking to tighten up his defense, inserted stay-at-home types Alzner and Brett Kulak, while puck-movers Mike Reilly and Xavier Ouellet were healthy scratches. Montreal now has eight defensemen on the roster, and the field will get more crowded Tuesday when Shea Weber (knee) is expected to return. There will be some shakeup on the blue line in the coming days, which could result in Alzner, a healthy scratch in 16 of 23 games, regaining a nightly spot in the lineup.

Karl Alzner
D MTL
2 months ago

Alzner started in place of Noah Juulsen on Thursday and had four blocked shots, two hits, a two-minute minor penalty and one shot on net in a 6-5 overtime loss to Buffalo.

EDGE Analysis

Juulsen sat out with the normal bumps and bruises NHL defensemen experience, so this might just be a one-game appearance for Alzner, who made his first start in five games. He played a typically physical game and finished plus-1 over a season-high 19:19 of ice time. The veteran blueliner has appeared in just five of the first 16 games and is plus-2.

Karl Alzner
D MTL
3 months ago

Alzner had five hits and one shot in Saturday's 3-0 win over the Bruins.

EDGE Analysis

Alzner filled in for the injured Noah Juulsen and played just the third time in 10 games. As typically is the case for players that have experienced a string of healthy scratches, Alzner made an impact by delivering body checks. His five hits topped Montreal's blueliners, which his helpful, but his game doesn't fit the fast-paced style coach Claude Julien has implemented this season.