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Defenseman Joel Edmundson to make season debut for Canadiens

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Jun 30, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson (44) passes the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in game two of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Jun 30, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Montreal Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson (44) passes the puck against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period in game two of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens defenseman Joel Edmundson will make his season debut Saturday night against the visiting Seattle Kraken.

“He’s a solid, tough-to-play-against defenseman,” Canadiens head coach Martin St. Louis said of Edmundson Saturday morning. “I’m looking forward to getting him back into some action.”

Edmundson has battled a back injury this season, and he also left the team for a bit to spend time with his cancer-stricken father. Bob Edmundson died in January at age 61.

Joel Edmundson, 28, recorded 13 points (three goals, 10 assists) in 55 games last season.

A Stanley Cup winner with St. Louis, Edmundson has 85 points (23 goals, 62 assists) in 392 career games with the Blues (2015-19), Carolina Hurricanes (2019-20) and Canadiens.

–Field Level Media