Les Canadiens ont cédé Otto Leskinen et Cayden Primeau au Rocket de Laval dans la Ligue américaine.— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) April 15, 2021
The Canadiens have assigned Otto Leskinen and Cayden Primeau to the AHL's Laval Rocket.
Notably, there is no longer an NHL roster limit to stay under now that the NHL trade deadline has passed, but there are still salary cap constraints to comply with from now to the end of the year. Since the cap savings are the same whether the players go to the AHL or the taxi squad, the reasoning for this move seems to be that other players will be replacing them.
We heard that Carey Price was getting close to a return, and the likeliest explanation is that he will be cleared to rejoin the team in time for Friday’s game, and Primeau’s emergency recall is coming to an end. Price may be able to play that night as the Habs have a rematch with the Flames.
Ben Chiarot, whose recovery from hand surgery was expected to be six to eight weeks, was also reportedly getting close to returning to action, though it has only been four weeks since his surgery. It would be quite amazing if he’s actually ready to play again so soon.
The Rocket don’t have any games until April 21, so neither Primeau nor Leskinen will see any playing time for a few days.