The Montreal Canadiens sent forward Louis Leblanc down to the American Hockey League's Hamilton Bulldogs on Monday night, a move that did not sit well with girlfriend Aleksandra Wozniak.
The Montreal-born tennis player criticized the move through social media on Tuesday, calling out the Canadiens organization for giving up too quickly on the 2009 first-round pick in the preseason.
"He did everything the CH organisation told him to do and what...got cut this early?!," she wrote in English on her Twitter account @alekswoz. "Oh and the reason...worst excuse ever!! This is wrong!"
Wozniak also voiced her displeasure in French. "Une vrai joke avec la pire excuse pour "cuter" quelqu'un!!," she added. "Vraiment pas un 'fair shot'! Trop de manipulations! Super nouvelle organisation!" ("A real joke with the worst excuse for cutting someone. Really not a 'fair shot!' Too much manipulation!")
The tweets were later removed.
Leblanc, 22, was the 18th overall pick in 2009. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound forward played 42 games with the Canadiens in 2011-12, but struggled last season in Hamilton and was never called up to Montreal.
Leblanc was among 14 players cut on Monday night. Forwards Martin Reway and Charles Hudon and goaltender Zachary Fucale were returned to their respective junior teams, while forwards Joonas Nattinen, Stephen MacAulay, Stefan Fournier, Sven Andrighetto and Erik Nystrom, goaltender Robert Mayer and defencemen Morgan Ellis, Darren Dietz, Dalton Thrower and Matt Lashoff were sent to the Bulldogs' training camp.