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Frederik Dichow: The Canadian waives his rights (according to La Presse)

There’s no hiding it. There’s congestion in front of the net in the Montreal Canadiens organization.

In fact, Samuel Montembeault, Jake Allen, Cayden Primeau and Jakob Dobes are all expected to play in Montreal and Laval next year. The first two I mentioned will play in the National Hockey League, and the other two should theoretically continue their respective development in the American League with the Rocket.

It makes sense. After all, Primeau doesn’t yet seem ready to really make the jump to the NHL, and Dobes arrived fresh from Europe at the end of the 22-23 season….

While Allen and Monty belong with the big club, of course.

All that to say, it would have been hard for a guy like Frederik Dichow, who is still a fine prospect, to have a chance to make his mark. That said, Dichow won’t have to worry about having that problem, because everything points to the Habs waiving his rights.

At least, that’s the information reported by Guillaume Lefrançois of La Presse.

As a reminder, if Dichow doesn’t sign with the CH by Thursday, which is the case, he will become a free agent. He’ll have the “luxury” of choosing his next destination…

And if I were him, I’d do my research to see which teams will need a goalie in the AHL next year. He’ll definitely want the chance to play in the best field hockey league possible, and since he’s still young and doesn’t necessarily have much professional experience, it would be impossible to see him playing in the NHL as early as next year.

Barring an incredible turn of events, we agree.

I said it in a recent text, and it bears repeating, but Kent Hughes will have even more room to maneuver this summer, since Dichow won’t occupy one of the 50 contracts available under the NHL’s allowable limit.

I’m not the GM of the Habs, but it’s obvious that the organization is full of good goaltenders right now… And if Hughes had decided to come to an agreement with Dichow, he wouldn’t have done him any favours.

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