Les Canadiennes de Montreal have gotten their off-season off to a big start with the news this morning that they have acquired Genevieve Lacasse and Jill Saulnier from the Calgary Inferno.
Les Canadiennes de Montréal acquire Olympic goaltender Geneviève Lacasse and forward Jillian Saulnier from the Calgary Inferno in exchange for future considerations in the form of player(s) and/or draft pick(s).— Les Canadiennes (@LesCanadiennes) July 12, 2018
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The players were acquired for future considerations and/or draft picks.
Lacasse is 29 years old and has been to two Olympic Games with Team Canada, winning a gold and silver medal. She played one game at the 2018 tournament, making 44 saves in a 2-1 win over the United States in the round robin.
She also has four medals at the World Championships (one gold and three silver). Lacasse is, for now, reunited with her Team Canada and former Calgary Inferno teammate Emerance Maschmeyer.
Over her CWHL career, Lacasse is 33-27 with five shutouts and a 2.91 goals against average, but that is quite misleading. It includes her final season with the Boston Blades where she had a 1-22 record and 4.86 goals against average. She also set the CWHL record for saves made and shots faced that year.
In the playoffs, she also reaches another level. She is 7-0 with a 0.99 goals against average and two shutouts. She also has two Clarkson Cup championships, winning the title in 2013 and 2015 with the Boston Blades. Joining her on those teams was Canadiennes forward Hilary Knight.
She played her NCAA hockey at Providence College, where she spent four years.
Jill Saulnier was also on Canada’s Olympic Team in PyeongChang. She had a goal and an assist in five games.
In 42 games in the CWHL, Saulnier has 23 goals and 17 assists, all with the Inferno.
She grew up a Canadiens fan in Halifax, and her brother Brennan was a development camp invite in 2017. She is the reigning CWHL All-Star game MVP. There was no CWHL all-star game last year due to the Olympics.
The team now boasts six Olympians from last year with the pair joining Lauriane Rougeau, Melodie Daoust, Marie-Philip Poulin, and Knight assuming the rest of the roster stays intact.