Primeau played 12 games with the Habs last season. He was 1-7-1 with a 4.62 goals-against average and .868 save percentage.
At all levels, there is an adjustment phase. It’s been no different in the American League. It took me a while to familiarize myself [avec la ligue]he said.
I was pretty good at adjusting and acclimating to the pace of the next level. I’m confident I can do it in the NHL. I had good performances, it’s just that sometimes I was a bit inconsistent. The most important aspect will be to be consistent in the futureadded Primeau, while acknowledging that he sometimes lacked confidence last season.
In 33 games with the Laval Rocket in the American League (AHL), he posted a performance of 16-12-3. He won 9 of his 14 spring playoff games en route to the Eastern Finals.
My intention is to build on the momentum I built at the end of last seasonhe mentioned in videoconference, Thursday, a few hours after the announcement of his agreement.
The playoffs gave me a lot of fun. I was playing my best hockey, I think. I just want to keep this momentum going and take it day by day.
The deal came a day after general manager Kent Hughes announced Carey Price’s name had been placed on the long-term injured list.
Thus, the team benefits from a reduction in payroll. The 35-year-old goalkeeper’s salary accounts for $10.5 million annually, one of the staggering contracts on the Bettman circuit.
Hughes said his star player’s knee did not respond positively to treatment. The DG therefore had no choice but to put his name on the long-term injured list.
Shortly after the announcement of the pact granted to Primeau, the number 31 expressed himself on social networks to thank those who supported him in recent years, adding that this is a very moving moment for him.
Price’s post on Instagram, which gave rise to speculation about his future on the ice, caused an immediate reaction. We see a cowboy hat and a feather placed on the dashboard of a car.
Which goaltending tandem will defend the Habs’ net this season remains an open question.
Earlier this summer, the team also offered Samuel Montembeault a two-year contract extension. Claimed on waivers on October 2, 2021, the Quebecer maintained an 8-18-6 record in 38 games, a goals-against average of 3.77 and an efficiency rate of .891.
For his part, Jake Allen will spend the last year of a contract which brings him 2.875 million per campaign. The injured goalkeeper, 32, was limited to 35 games in 2021-22 and posted a 3.30 goals-against average and .905 save percentage.
The three goalkeepers have a one-way contract in their pocket, but only Primeau remains eligible for a dismissal in the AHL without having to go through waivers for the 2022-2023 season. A goaltender must have played four professional seasons to meet the collective agreement criteria for waivers.
The goal of any youngster, when he grows up, is to be number 1 at the highest level, Primeau said. I want to play at the highest level. I want to be the guy to look up to at the highest level, and I’m going to take it one day at a time. It’s exciting to have three years to achieve this.