– Le Journal de Montréal (@JdeMontreal) August 31, 2023
We know that Cayden Primeau will make the ballot, that Samuel Montembeault has been told not to worry, that Jake Allen is also safe (by force of circumstance, perhaps?)… and that Casey DeSmith is in waiting mode.
Everything points to him being the first to leave the Habs. The plan may change, of course, but it’s logical to think that Casey DeSmith is the man to go.
That said, according to Jonathan Bernier (JdeM), all indications are that the Habs failed to trade DeSmith in a deal that was to be completed in the days following Jeff Petry’s deal with the Red Wings.
It may take an injury elsewhere in the NHL, but there’s clearly a possibility that the Habs will have to start the season with three goaltenders. It’s an idea nobody likes, of course. After all, only 13 forwards and seven defensemen could make the club.
And if memory serves, that’s what the Seattle Kraken did with Shane Wright last year.
Marek mentions this was always Seattle’s plan, he was previously scratched for 4 consecutive games but McCann got injured and he drew in the line-up so they had to reset and scratch him for 5 consecutive games again.
File this under “How to ruin a player’s development” 101
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) November 20, 2022
Obviously, it’s not the same in the sense that Wright couldn’t go to the AHL because of CHL rules and the Canadiens’ goalies can, but with the ballot… but we understand the principle.
The JdeM journalist also notes that before mid-December, the Habs will have only two one-game trips on the menu. Recalling guys from Laval can be done easily – and at the last minute – when everyone is in Quebec.
– He’s off to Bridgeport.
Pascal Rhéaume chose this team over the Lions: https://t.co/nqIlb1k52D
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) September 1, 2023
– Women’s field hockey is the talk of the town.
“From the very first minute I called Gary [Bettman]… he didn’t need a lot of explanation, he said ‘I’m in!’“#PWHL part-owner Stan Kasten joins @ailishforfar to chat about the #NHL‘s support of the new league. pic.twitter.com/48bvP50W7g
– Sportsnet 590 The FAN (@FAN590) September 1, 2023
Looks like the owner doesn’t want to know what his club’s problems are. https://t.co/fp1qrOPvtr
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) September 1, 2023
– What will the Alouettes do?