As long as the Canadian has three goaltenders on the 23-man roster, the situation will be talked about.
Although she is not popular, Kent Hughes is currently in a difficult position. He doesn’t want to lose Cayden Primeau to waivers, and the team’s net depth is pretty limited, at least for this year.
Renaud Lavoie mentioned this in his morning column on BPM Sports: goalkeepers in Laval are tough, very difficult. Jakub Dobes does not deserve to be recalled, and Strauss Mann cannot be recalled because of his contract.
So if Primeau went through waivers, he was claimed (Flyers and Devils would be interested) and jake allen injured, which goaltender would come to montreal? This is no nonchalant Dobes, who has terrible stats in the AHL, which will take over. Moreover, in the Rockets’ win yesterday, the goaltender was ejected after allowing four hits on 14 shots.
Mann has done well, but has once again signed a contract that limits him to the American League… He could always sign a new pact with CH and be offered to European teams before being recalled, but that’s not going to happen. What about the other guardians of the organization? Yevgeni Volokhin is in Russia, Jacob Fowler and Emmett Croteau are in college, Quentin Miller is a junior, and Joe Vrbetic, who also does not have an NHL contract, is in the ECHL. You might as well forget them.
Unlike bottom goalies, top goalies play well. All three have efficiency percentages above .900. In the case of the two youngest, they have goals allowed averages below three. It’s not their fault.
The rotation will have to be adjusted one day.
Does that include a possible Samuel Montembeault deal? Lavoie thinks so.
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Primeau will also have a chance to show off this evening. The young American will face the second best team in the NHL, the Vegas Golden Knights. With a good performance I’m sure Kent Hughes would be pleased.
The CEO is probably very active on the phone right now. He is certainly the first one who wants to put an end to this rotation of three goalkeepers, which, I repeat, does no one any good.
What the Canadiens need is a goaltender capable of flying between the NHL and AHL without waivers. Louis Domingue, for example… At the beginning of the year, the Quebecer was exempt and was not wanted.
I don’t wish injury on anyone, but if something goes wrong with Allen, who is often injured, Domingue could be a great insurance policy. However, don’t expect Primeau to be traded for him. The two CEOs don’t want that.
On the one hand, Hughes certainly sees a future for Primeau in Montreal and in New York, Chris Drury doesn’t want a three-goalie rotation. Be that as it may, there is no shortage of goalkeepers in the Big Apple. There are six goaltenders playing in the NHL and AHL, three of whom have a contract for the 2024-2025 season.
Anyway, Lavoie believes that acquiring a goaltender will be key for Montreal through the autonomy market or the transaction market. And he goes back to what he said at the beginning of the article: Dobes does not deserve to play at the top and no other goalkeeper can take it.
Finally, I want to remind you that goalkeepers develop much later than other positions. Check out Charlie Lindgren on the Washington side in particular…
And we’re starting to see some good progress in the game of Cayden Primeau (age 24).
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