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Montreal Canadiens Recall Rem Pitlick After Recent Injury News

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When Pitlick was first waived, the idea was that he would eventually be the first call-up in case of injury, and that’s exactly what the Montreal Canadiens did.

After announcing that Joel Armia and Jonathan Drouin were out with injuries, the Canadiens wasted little time in calling up the speedy forward from his short stint with the Laval Rocket.

During his three games with the Rocket, Pitlick posted three assists and looked dangerous. He was called upon to hold down a major role in the Rocket’s top-six and found some good chemistry with rookie sensation Xavier Simoneau.

With the Canadiens down to 12 healthy forwards, they needed to call up a body, just in case, and Pitlick will serve as an insurance policy while the Canadiens wait and see how long Armia will be out for; as Jonathan Drouin is expected to be out on the long term.

For Pitlick, this could be an opportunity to prove the Canadiens made the wrong decision in sending him down; as any opportunity to get into the lineup will be a bonus for the much-appreciated forward.

That being said, he doesn’t have too long to make an impression.

Waiver Rules

Having already gone through waivers, the Canadiens have the liberty of calling up or sending down Rem Pitlick at will, but that privilege has its limits.

Pitlick can play ten games or stay on the Canadiens’ roster for 30 days (both cumulative) before having to be placed on waivers yet again to be sent down, once injured players return.

It shouldn’t be a problem if Armia misses only a handful of games, but, if his injury stretches out over a longer period of time, like it did during training camp, then it could put the Canadiens in another tough situation.

General Manager Kent Hughes was hesitant to place Pitlick on waivers by fear of losing a good soldier for nothing, and would need to do it again should Pitlick pass either of the above limitations.

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