Last Word on Habs Pod: Montreal Canadiens and The Alzner Of It All

OTTAWA, ON - SEPTEMBER 29: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Karl Alzner (27) skates with the puck during second period National Hockey League preseason action between the Montreal Canadiens and Ottawa Senators on September 29, 2018, at Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, ON, Canada. (Photo by Richard A. Whittaker/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

The Last Word on Habs Pod is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the LWOH Montreal Canadiens team manager Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs and features guests from the Last Word on Sports community and others. Join us for smart takes, controversial opinions, and news you can use about the Montreal Canadiens.

Last Word on Habs Pod: The Alzner Of It All

In this episode, Connor and Johannes look back at a productive week for the Canadiens. Still, are there some troubling signs creeping into the Habs game? Never the less, the Habs are playing exciting hockey, even if it’s only seven games into the season.

Our hosts then discuss the issue of the Habs defence. Notably, Johannes goes in on how some of the Habs defencemen are ill-suited to the up-tempo brand of hockey the Canadiens are employing. The conversation then shifts to the pending issue the Habs have with their roster. After losing Jacob de La Rose on waivers, can the Habs risk losing another player for nothing? With David Schlemko and Shea Weber coming back, the Habs have too many healthy, NHL bodies. Johannes wants to make a trade, but Connor doesn’t know how realistic that is.

All this and winners and losers for the week, weather talk, what’s wrong with the Habs power-play and more.


Thanks for listening. Be sure to contact us at @LWOS_Habs. We love hearing your views, reviews, and suggestions.

Thanks to Ethan Meixsell, Topher Mohr and Alex Elena, and Silent Partner for their musical contributions to the Last Word on Habs Pod.

The Last Word on Habs Podcast is brought to you by the Last Word on Sports Network. Co-hosted by the Montreal Canadiens team managers Connor Lapalme and Johannes Wheeldon, it is a weekly look at the Habs, news, notes, arguments, and aspirations. It features guests from the Last Word on Sports community.

Johannes Wheeldon is a father, author, college professor, and criminal justice consultant. Mostly he is a Habs fan with plenty of opinions. Contact him on twitter @justicelawdev.

Connor Lapalme is a writer and editor of the Last Word on Hockey. A passionate Hockey and Habs fans, Connor is never afraid to share his opinion. Contact him on twitter @Connor_Lapalme.
Embed from Getty Images


  1. The Habs are playing an up-tempo style.

    The simple solution to the roster issue, and to the waivers issue, is to waive Karl Alzner.

    He simply does not fit on this team, especially in the style they are playing.

    It is no surprise that they looked slower against Ottawa with Alzner and Nic Deslauriers in the lineup. I would take Deslauriers out too.

  2. That would be the easy fix, but not one I think the Habs will do any time soon. I’m just wondering why Scherbak can’t get a sniff out there.

    • I think they would love to trade Scherbak but would hate to lose him for nothing.

      I also like that Mete is back in the lineup tonight against Calgary and Alzner out. However, I don’t like Jordie Benn playing Left Defence. He seems a much more effective defender on the right side.

      For those that don’t know, the pairs tonight are said to be:

      Benn – Petry
      Reilly – Juulsen
      Ouellet – Mete


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.