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REPORT: DJ Smith claims his players were TARGETTED by MTL players, THREATENS retaliation

Published October 7, 2022 at 9:37 PM
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Coming off of a 4-3 pre-season victory over Atlantic conference rivals the Montreal Canadiens, Senators head coach DJ Smith had some choice words for the style of play and manner the Canadiens were conducting themselves during the game.



Smith is quoted as saying:

We don't like that the other team is targeting our guys. We'll be ready the next game.



Smith doesn't name any names but his comments are likely directed towards Canadiens prospect Arber Xhekaj who has fought several times in the pre-season, and is trying to establish himself as a physical player who can add an edge to the Canadiens game.

Many plays like Xhekaj are in a precarious position, trying to my the final cut for opening day roster as teams trim their players in preparation for the regular season.



With some of most exciting games of the pre-season it will be interesting to see how the rivalry between Ottawa and Montreal continues in the regular season among the division rivals.
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REPORT: DJ Smith claims his players were TARGETTED by MTL players, THREATENS retaliation

Will Montreal or Ottawa make the post-season?

Both73.3 %
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Ottawa9143.1 %
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