The Montreal Canadiens have recalled goaltender Cayden Primeau from the Laval Rocket on an emergency basis, as Carey Price has flu-like symptoms.
The Canadiens have recalled goaltender Cayden Primeau from the AHL’s Laval Rocket (emergency recall). He will join the team tonight in New Jersey.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) February 3, 2020
Carey Price (illness/flu) did not make the trip.#GoHabsGo https://t.co/xVLMIGnner
Price did not make the trip to New Jersey, meaning that Charlie Lindgren and Primeau will be the team’s two goaltenders against the Devils on Tuesday night.
This may have a trickle down effect to the Laval Rocket, who have a home game on Wednesday. If Price is not ready to go, they may need to recall Michael McNiven or Connor Lacouvee from the ECHL. Otherwise, they can send Primeau down for Wednesday and recall him if necessary.
It is Primeau’s second stint in the NHL. The goaltender has a 12-7-2 record with the Rocket with a 2.70 goals against average and .899 save percentage. He is 1-1 in the NHL with a 2.52 GAA and .931 save percentage.
The Canadiens cancelled practice on Monday because of a flu bug going around the team.
UPDATE: The Laval Rocket have recalled Michael McNiven in a corresponding move.
Le Rocket de Laval a annoncé lundi avoir rappelé le gardien Michael McNiven des Admirals de Norfolk de L’ECHL.— Rocket de Laval (@RocketLaval) February 3, 2020
The Laval Rocket announced on Monday that the club has recalled goaltender Michael McNiven from the ECHL’s Norfolk Admirals.#GoRocket pic.twitter.com/tKRGKlHh0F