Major last-minute statement about Cayden Primeau and the Canadiens

Published August 19, 2023 at 5:37 PM

Since Kent Hughes acquired goaltender Casey DeSmith from Pittsburgh last week, the Canadiens now find themselves with four goaltenders within the organization.

Even though it's doubtful that the newcomer will don the CH jersey in 2023-2024, the presence of Jake Allen and Samuel Montembeault means the team will have difficulty finding playing time for Cayden Primeau, who has been caught between the NHL and the American Hockey League for almost three years now.

Regarding this, many are still wondering about the Canadiens' plan for Cayden Primeau, as the 24-year-old goaltender would have to pass through waivers if he were to be assigned to the Laval Rocket after the upcoming training camp, which seems quite likely.

However, as reported by Marc-Olivier Cook of Daneslescoulisses.com, Primeau has a significant ally within the organization, namely his head coach with the Rocket.

During an interview on TSN 690, Jean-François Houle made a statement that could complicate matters for Kent Hughes and the organization, mentioning that Cayden Primeau is currently "NHL Ready."

Whether we agree or disagree with the coach's statements from the Rocket, it's clear that Montembeault and Allen will be the trusted goaltenders for Martin St-Louis at the start of the season. Unless they opt for a three-goalie rotation, it's reasonable to expect Primeau to be assigned to the American Hockey League before the season begins. DeSmith might have already packed his bags for another destination, as he remains uncertain about his place in the Canadiens' plans.

That being said, there are still a few weeks left before the September training camp begins, and there might be developments regarding the Canadiens' goaltending situation.
August 19   |   282 answers
Major last-minute statement about Cayden Primeau and the Canadiens

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