In the end there will be no ménage a trois in front of the Canadian’s goal. On the eve of the official start of main training camp, Kent Hughes traded Casey DeSmith to the Vancouver Canucks.
In exchange for the goaltender he acquired from the Penguins in the trade involving Jeff Petry, the Canadian acquired forward Tanner Pearson and a third-round pick in 2025.
First round pick (30my total) of the Los Angeles Kings in 2012, Pearson was part of the Stanley Cup champion team in 2014. At 31 years old, the left winger is playing the final year of a three-year contract that pays him $3.25 million. dollars per campaign. 1is He will become an unrestricted free agent in July.
Last year, Pearson’s season ended after 14 games due to a hand injury. The injury occurred, precisely, against the Canadian, at the Bell Center, on November 9. The Ontarian had to undergo several surgeries due to an infection in his wound.
A situation that led the Canucks management to open an internal investigation to determine the circumstances that had caused such deterioration. At the time of the trade, his name had just been removed from the Canucks’ long-term injured list.
In 590 NHL games, Pearson scored 133 goals and added 139 assists.
The situation is clarified before the network
It was no secret that DeSmith would be found elsewhere. As soon as the American was acquired from the Penguins, the Canadian’s general manager was quick to reassure Jake Allen and Samuel Montembeault about his future with the team. Furthermore, DeSmith was never introduced to the media or the Montreal public, contrary to the organization’s customs.
The situation is also becoming a little clearer for the masked men who will defend the Laval Rocket net. Unless he is claimed off waivers when he is sent back to the American League, Cayden Primeau should be Jean-François Houle’s right-hand man.
He will be assisted by Jakub Dobes. The Czech goalkeeper will begin his professional career after defending brilliantly for two seasons with the Ohio State University Buckeyes in the NCAA.