Western Conference Team Confirmed to Be Eyeing a Goalie Trade: Could Cayden Primeau be On His Way to California?

Aaron Itovitch
December 18, 2023  (1:44 PM)

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Since the start of the regular season, one issue has been generating a lot of buzz in Montreal: the famous goalkeeper situation. Indeed, even though Kent Hughes revealed last summer that he wanted to find a solution quickly, the Canadiens still find themselves with a three-way situation in goal, with only four games left to play in 2023.

Moreover, even though Samuel Montembeault is truly establishing himself as the organization's number one, the presence of Jake Allen and Cayden Primeau forces him to play only every other game, or even one in three. This constant rotation in the Montreal cage greatly hinders the development of the Quebecer and prevents Martin St-Louis from sending his best goalkeeper into the fray night after night.
It is therefore imperative that the general manager of the Canadiens, Kent Hughes, finally announces a resolution in this matter if the Canadiens wish to continue fighting for a playoff spot. Moreover, according to information reported by Kevin Weekes this morning, an opportunity might present itself to the Bleu-Blanc-Rouge as the Los Angeles Kings are actively searching for a goalkeeper to compensate for the injury of Pheonix Copley.
"« With the injury of Pheonix Copley and his placement on the long-term injured list, I am told that the Los Angeles Kings are looking for a #3 type goalkeeper to strengthen their depth.

The goalkeeper carousel continues. » - Kevin Weekes"

Could Kent Hughes take advantage of this situation to trade Jake Allen or Cayden Primeau to the Los Angeles Kings?
However, the California team is currently in a complicated situation under the salary cap. Therefore, Kent Hughes would most likely have to retain part of Jake Allen's contract if he wishes to get any compensation for his veteran.
Moreover, the fact that Antti Raanta was not claimed on waivers, despite having better career statistics than the Montreal goaltender, says a lot about the value of number 34 in the current trade market.
Knowing that the Edmonton Oilers, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, and now the Los Angeles Kings want to acquire a goalkeeper, the general manager of the Canadiens must absolutely take advantage of this opportunity to finally put an end to the three-way situation in Montreal.
This will be a file to watch over the next few weeks!
Western Conference Team Confirmed to Be Eyeing a Goalie Trade: Could Cayden Primeau be On His Way to California?

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