We remember that the Habs’ GM reportedly hasn’t spoken to DeSmith yet… → https://t.co/w64oBjDwrM
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) August 11, 2023
A few weeks ago, Kent Hughes managed to get rid of Mike Hoffman’s contract. To do so, he acquired two contracts that were in his way: those of Jeff Petry and Casey DeSmith.
The result? The Canadiens find themselves in the middle of a three-way battle in front of their net. I say three, taking for granted that Cayden Primeau won’t start the season in Montreal if everyone in the net is healthy.
Of course, a ménage à trois isn’t ideal. We know it’s hard on the goalies, but it’s not ideal either when you know that nine defensemen and 14 forwards want to make the club. #Congestion
With three goalkeepers, who would keep goal most of the time? Who would be the deputy? Who would join the injured in the press gallery? It’s not clear, and the goalkeepers wouldn’t be happy about it.
Note that Samuel Montembeault, who seems to be the club’s #1 goalie, has been told by his GM not to worry. Even if his salary negotiations don’t seem to be going as quickly as some had hoped, he’s there to play a lot in 2023-2024.
Logically, if Montembeault is one of the goalies, that means Jake Allen and Casey DeSmith are in the running against each other for Samuel Montembeault’s backup job. Logical, no?
Basically, everything points to Allen (two-year contract at $3.85 million) being ahead of Casey Desmith (one-year contract at $1.8 million) with the Habs. And apparently, that’s what Carey Price’s former assistant was told, too.
According to Raphaël Doucet (La Poche Bleue), Jake Allen has been told he’ll be staying in Montreal.
An informed source has just texted me that “Allen has been told he will stay in Montreal”.
– Raphaël Doucet (@raphdoucet) August 30, 2023
From a contractual point of view, it’s logical to believe that Allen will stay. After all, DeSmith is much easier to trade, whether Kent Hughes withholds salary or not.
The GM, who doesn’t want to send DeSmith to the AHL to solve his problems, knows how important Jake Allen is to the dressing room, but also to his Quebec counterpart. Because yes, Monty often sings Jake’s praises.
Keeping Allen to back up Sam Montembeault would ensure that there would be no bickering over playing time. Why would that be? Because Allen has already said he won’t complain if the Quebecer plays more than he does.
He’ll act like his big brother and support Montembeault, who has to prove he can be a #1 if he wants to be paid like a #1 for the Canadiens’ 2024-2025 season.
I’ve always thought that if the CH were to trade Jake Allen, the first thing they’d do is get a guy in the Jake Allen mold. And clearly, that won’t be a problem.
– Mathias Brunet confirms our text: a volume 2 of “Au coeur du vestiaire” will be published this fall.
That’s right… 35 years in the CH dressing room, there’s still a lot to tell you… https://t.co/5Kph9Hfaz0
– Mathias Brunet (@mathiasbrunet) August 30, 2023
– It’s all very strange.
Speaking of the ballot: Harrison Bader found out via ESPN. https://t.co/WWsNDUgosY
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) August 30, 2023
– It’s hard when your body tells you to slow down.
Laura Siegemund played a fantastic match against title favorite Coco Gauff last night but she got booed of the court for, imagine, at 36yo having to slowdown the pace of play between against a 19yo. Got a point penalty for that. She had things to say: pic.twitter.com/P3yoiffk3P
– José Morgado (@josemorgado) August 29, 2023
– Alex Newhook needs playing time. [BPM Sports]
– We get along.
During his column on our airwaves this morning, @renlavoietva didn’t mince words towards the Arizona Coyotes arena situation.😲
– BPM Sports (@BPMSportsRadio) August 30, 2023