The revolving door that is the Montreal Canadiens roster continued to turn at a rapid speed over the last 24 hours.
Prior to their 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins in Boston on Wednesday night, the Montreal Canadiens claimed forward Rem Pitlick off waivers from the Minnesota Wild. Pitlick, is actually the older brother of Rhett Pitlick, a fifth-round pick of the Canadiens (131st overall) in 2019. He is a freshman forward at the University of Minnesota. The 24-year-old Ottawa, ON native, has 11 points (6 goals, 5 assists) in 20 games with the Wild this season. He was a third-round selection of the Nashville Predators (76th overall) in 2016, and like his younger brother, he played his college hockey for the Gophers. He has 13 points (6 goals, 7 assists) in 31 career NHL games between the Predators and the Wild.
On Thursday, the Montreal Canadiens made five more transactions. As expected, goalie Cayden Primeau was recalled from the taxi squad on an emergency basis. Jake Allen left the game late in the first period Wednesday with an undisclosed injury and was replaced by backup Sam Montembeault.
Montembeault is expected to start against the Blackhawks in Chicago on Thursday night but that has not been confirmed. Head coach Dominique Ducharme is scheduled to address the media at 6 PM ET.
Defenseman Kale Clague will also join the Montreal Canadiens in Chicago after exiting COVID protocol.
The Montreal Canadiens also loaned forward Brandon Baddock and defenseman Louie Belpedio to Laval and will meet the team in Springfield, MA. for their game against the Thunderbirds on Friday night.
The Montreal Canadiens were not slated to have a formal skate Thursday morning but it appears Pitlick may have gotten in a skate or maybe he was just getting his equipment ready because he was in the Habs dressing room at the United Center in Chicago.
Bienvenue dans l'équipe, Rem! 👋
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