With the return of Joshua Roy to Laval, we can assume a recall from the Habs tomorrow. We’ll probably wait for the Rocket to play their game tonight before doing so.
If we take into consideration that Stephens and Gignac (no NHL contract) won’t be recalled, I can only see…
– Anthony Marcotte (@anthonymarcotte) January 24, 2024
So you’d expect the club to recall a player, given that there are only three centers up top right now (Suzuki, Evans and Monahan)…
Because we saw how difficult yesterday’s game against the Sens was with only three center players in the line-up.
He had to go through the waivers and was not claimed… But many wonder about the hidden motives behind the Tricolore’s decision, because Kent Hughes had the opportunity to keep Stephens with the big club and thus play four centers.
All this to say, it would be surprising to see the Habs recall Stephens, because it just doesn’t make sense after sending him to the AHL earlier this week.
Note that the Habs can’t recall Brandon Gignac because he doesn’t have a contract allowing him to play in the National League…
Lias Andersson and Lucas Condotta are two other potential candidates for a recall, but Andersson hasn’t played center all season and Condotta was moved to wing recently because he wasn’t getting the job done:
He’s having a great season in Laval after playing in the KHL for the last two campaigns, and it’s true that he deserves to be recalled.
Since his arrival in Laval, he’s proved that he can be used in all sorts of ways, and you know as well as I do that such players are always appreciated in the National League.
After all, we’re talking about a player with NHL experience (114 games) who is making his mark thanks to his skills at center.
At 6 feet 4 inches and 215 pounds, let’s just say he’s got the build of a big player…
And there are links between the Slovak and the Habs, since we’re also talking about a good friend of Juraj Slafkovsky:
– /r/Habs (@HabsOnReddit) January 24, 2024
That said, the Hawks will get a chance to talk before the Habs, and the idea of the Chicago club claiming Ruzicka in the waivers was also shared because there’s a big, big lack of depth at center there.
Philipp Kurashev, Jason Dickinson, Cole Guttman and Zach Sanford make up the center line in Chicago… And it’s not necessarily chic.
– The guys want to win.
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– Dave Molinari (@MolinariPGH) January 24, 2024
– Seth Jarvis has a great personality.
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– Pete Blackburn (@PeteBlackburn) January 24, 2024
– It’s going to be a bumpy ride!
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