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Gorton causes a surprise and announces the departure of a player and the reason


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Elias Adaime
July 7, 2024  (8:45 PM)
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Last week, we reported that Jeff Gorton announced the departure of a regular player from the Montreal Canadiens lineup.

The executive vice president of hockey operations for the Canadiens then announced that Jesse Ylonen would not be returning to the organization.
Many concluded that Hughes and Gorton had completely turned their backs on Ylonen and decided to let him go, but that is not actually the case.

Jeff Gorton clarifies the departure of Jesse Ylonen

Gorton wanted to clarify that it was not the Canadiens who decided not to bring Ylonen back, but rather that it was more of a mutual decision.
"Gorton later clarified that it was more of a mutual separation and that there was a chance Ylonen could return as a free agent after exploring the market." - Arpon Basu, The Athletic

In the end, we now know the outcome.
Ylonen has finally signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning, and he will continue his career there.
We wish him the best of luck with the Bolts! Ylonen signed a one-year deal worth $775,000.
At 24 years old, the 35th overall pick by the Montreal Canadiens in 2018 has accumulated 29 points in 111 career NHL games (16 in 37 in 2023 and 8 in 59 in 2024).
He also scored 32 points in 39 games with the Laval Rocket in 2022-23, having not played a single game in the AHL in 2023-2024.
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