Significant change of situation expected for the Montreal Canadiens: Two goaltenders placed on waivers?

Elias Edmonson
September 16, 2023  (8:47 PM)

A few weeks ago, many journalists claimed that the newcomer, Casey DeSmith, would be traded before the start of the season. However, we are now less than a month away from the first game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the goaltender is still a member of the organization.

During his press conference at the Montreal Canadiens' golf tournament, General Manager Kent Hughes reiterated his desire to trade the 32-year-old netminder, but also admitted that he might find himself in a difficult situation where two contracted goaltenders would be placed on waivers.
"It's certain that two goaltenders will go on waivers." -Kent Hughes

Of course, it was suspected that Cayden Primeau would have to go through the waiver process, as he will certainly start the season with the Laval Rocket. However, it is somewhat surprising to find that Casey DeSmith might also be available, and that too, for free, to all the teams in the NHL.
It seems that no NHL team is interested in acquiring the former Pittsburgh Penguins' goaltender at the moment, a situation that could potentially change should there be injuries during the training camp. One thing is for sure, the Canadiens' executive team does not plan to start the year with three goaltenders in their lineup.
"If the Canadiens decide to go with two goaltenders, Casey DeSmith could, as has been anticipated for weeks, be the one to suffer. Kent Hughes has already said that he will not send him to the minors.

But this morning, at Laval-sur-le-Lac, GM Kent Hughes said that two goaltenders will go on waivers." - Charles-Alexis Brisebois

Although Kent Hughes promised Casey DeSmith that he would not be sent to the AHL, it seems that things have taken a different turn in recent days. Therefore, the Canadiens might lose two goaltenders just a few days before the start of the season. If that's the case, it is a safe bet that the Canadiens' prospect, Jakub Dobes, will have a prominent role with the Laval Rocket in 2023-2024.
One thing is certain, this will be a situation to closely monitor!
What do you think, will Casey DeSmith and Cayden Primeau be placed on waivers in the coming weeks?
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Significant change of situation expected for the Montreal Canadiens: Two goaltenders placed on waivers?

According to you, will Kent Hughes manage to trade Casey DeSmith before the start of the season, or will he be placed on waivers?

He will be traded4569.2 %
He will be on waivers2030.8 %
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