Big decision: Is Cayden Primeau about to follow in the footsteps of Shane Wright and the Seattle Kraken?

Published October 21, 2023 at 5:54 PM

Since the start of the season, the Canadiens' use of goaltenders has been limited to Jake Allen and Samuel Montembeault.

Well, I'm not telling anyone anything new with this statement, but now that the regular season has started, we tend to forget that a certain Cayden Primeau is still with the main team.

Despite a good training camp, the young goalie remains with the team, due to the fact that the organization did not want to risk losing him if he had been placed on waivers before the start of the season.

Even if he serves as good injury insurance for Allen or Montembeault, the fact remains that leaving Primeau in the stands without playing is not necessarily the ideal solution for the development of a young goalie.

The idea of sending him back to the American league seems to be a possibility, and this was indeed reported by Charles-Alexis Brisebois of the website.

In fact, this possibility might depend on what Martin St-Louis wants to do regarding the use of his goaltenders because, starting this Saturday against the Washington Capitals (Allen in goal), the Canadiens will play six games in ten days.


This stretch could be crucial for the Canadiens, and it's likely that Allen and Montembeault will alternate games, preventing the Canadiens' coach from giving ice time to his third goalie.

This means he might be sent to Laval for reconditioning, but if this were to happen, it would need to be before the game on October 23 against the Buffalo Sabres.

This would be exactly the scenario experienced by Shane Wright last season with the Kraken.

On October 26 and 27, the Rocket will play two games in less than 24 hours against the Rochester Americans and the Syracuse Crunch, which would be a great opportunity for Primeau to see some action.

That said, Kent Hughes' plans for the young goaltender are still unknown, but we know that the three-goalie situation won't last forever and that it would be a good opportunity for the Canadiens to give playing time to Cayden Primeau.

A big decision is forthcoming in this matter.

October 21   |   214 answers
Big decision: Is Cayden Primeau about to follow in the footsteps of Shane Wright and the Seattle Kraken?

What would you do with Cayden Primeau?

Make him play9845.8 %
Trade him8740.7 %
Waivers219.8 %
Leave him in the stands83.7 %
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