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Montreal Canadiens Reportedly Open To Trading Goaltenders



Montreal Canadiens goaltender DeSmith

According to TVA Sports reporter Anthony Martineau, the Montreal Canadiens are “open for business” when it comes to the goaltending situation.

Martineau explains that the team is currently listening to offers.  And the Canadiens are giving the impression that they want to receive the greatest return for their assets.

As it stands, there are three goaltenders on the roster: Jake Allen, Samuel Montembeault, and newcomer Casey DeSmith, whose wife is on the brink of giving birth.

It’s not particularly shocking the Canadiens want to move a goaltender, however, we must temper our expectations when it comes to a possible return.

Montembeault (26), DeSmith (32), and Allen (34) aren’t considered top-flight goaltenders, and though Montembeault has shown he can put up decent numbers, he’s also far from an established starter in the NHL.

As for Allen and DeSmith, they have both been relegated to backup roles recently, which, again, does not garner much in terms of returns when it comes to trades.

Last season seven different goalies were involved in trades.

  • The Colorado Avalanche acquired goaltender Keith Kinkaid from Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Shane Bowers
  • The Vegas Golden Knights acquired goaltender Jonathan Quick from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for goaltender Michael Hutchinson and a 7th-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft.
  • The Arizona Coyotes traded forward Jakub Voracek, a 6th-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for goaltender Jon Gillies.
  • The Los Angeles Kings acquire unsigned draft rights to goaltender Erik Portillo from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 3rd-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.
  • The San Jose Sharks acquire goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a 6th-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets acquired defenseman Ivan Provorov from the Philadelphia Flyers. The Flyers received goaltender Cal Petersen, defensemen Sean Walker, a 1st-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, a 2nd-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft and a conditional 2nd-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft. The Kings acquired defenseman Kevin Connauton, forward Hayden Hodgson and a portion of Ivan Provorov’s contract.

Brass Tacks

As you can see, the goaltender market in the NHL has always been rather tepid. The biggest return garnered from an NHL team last season when it comes to a goaltender trade was the third-round pick the Sabres received in exchange for NCAA standout Erik Portillo, who is 22 years old and yet to start his NHL career.

Given Montembeault, Allen, and DeSmith are far from being considered prospects if the Canadiens do manage to find a suitor for one of their goaltenders, there are very low odds that the return will amount to anything more than a very late draft pick or perhaps even future considerations. For the most part, goaltenders were given little to no value in trades.

Of course, Montembeault is the most interesting goaltender of the three due to his numbers last season, his younger age, and his very affordable contract which will only account for $1 million under the salary cap next season, but even those three factors may not be enough to lead to a healthy return for the Montreal Canadiens unless a team is desperate to bolster their goaltender depth and have very little cap space left to work with.

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move allen. for whatever. we can even retain some salary. keep desmith for yr or 2. save cap space.


Desmith is not needed. Time for Primeau to get backup minutes. Or share if he comes in on fire.


Yeah why not Primeau?


Not expecting a lot and I don’t trade Monty or Primeau. Time for the other two to go. Both the available vets have more to give than your lost of traded goalies though.


*than your roster of traded goalies.


The only thing with that, is they need somewhat of a veteran goalie presence in Laval to bring Dobes along.

Wouldn’t be smart to put the reigns solely on him


“And the Canadiens are giving the impression that they want to receive the greatest return for their assets.”

Uh, ya. I hope so. 😁


Great coverage of the goalie transactions from last season Marc . Good article .


In the photo at the top of this article, DeSmith looks so impressive doing the splits that I would give some consideration to keeping him around for awhile. But I also would like see Primeau given a chance too. Primeau has been great especially in the playoffs.


Yupp Kent Hughes Contacted Montembault already to Assure him this isnt the case when he picked up DeSmith saying he’s their Guy. That didnt change in a week and Hughes has a reputation for being Direct and Honest.

Allen, DeSmith, and Primeau are all up for Grabs.
But Montembault we just succeeded winning a World Championship after Carey Price became his Private Trainer. Now MTL has brought Price on Part Time as a Trainer/Coach for Monty to continue his Growth.

We have Faith in exactly 1 Goalie who can start in MTL this year , thats Monty.
Everyone else down to Dobes is a toss up and Hughes drafted Quality this year in 2/3 young Goalies he acquired.

Monty is great as he’s at the right age to be what we need during this point in the rebuild. He can be out Huet while we develop our next Price and Halak