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Keith Kinkaid clears waivers, assigned to Laval Rocket

The backup goaltender made five starts for the Canadiens.

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UPDATE : Keith Kinkaid cleared waivers and was assigned officially to the Laval Rocket where he will share the net with Charlie Lindgren.

The Canadiens also announced that Charles Hudon was “papered” to Laval on Monday and will be recalled Tuesday. Matthew Peca will take Hudon’s spot in the lineup, however.

[Original Article below]

The Montreal Canadiens placed Keith Kinkaid on waivers today. Eric Engels was the first to report the news and it has since been confirmed by the team.

The goaltender made five starts for the Canadiens, going 1-1-3 with a 4.24 goals against average and a .874 save percentage. He was not on the ice for the team’s practice today.

It became clear that he did not have the confidence of Claude Julien, who only played him in back-to-back situations. His last start was Saturday afternoon against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Kinkaid was signed to a one year contract this summer. If he gets assigned to Laval, the Canadiens will save $1.075 million on the salary cap. The team will remain responsible for $675,000.

There are teams looking for goaltending help, and given the lack of goaltenders on waivers, it is possible Kinkaid gets claimed.