The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed goaltender Cayden Primeau to a 3-year contract extension through the 2024/25 season, with an AAV of $890,000.
Primeau, 23, was Montreal’s seventh-round pick (199th overall) in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Last season, he split his time with Montreal and their AHL affiliate, the Laval Rocket. For Montreal, Primeau played 12 games, posting a 1-7-1 record with a 4.62 GAA and .868 save percentage. For Laval, he played 33 games with a 16-12-3 record.
The contract extension breaks down into three salaries for Primeau. He will earn $770,000 in 2022/23, $800,000 in 2023/24 and $1.1 million in 2024/25.
The 6-foot-3, 203-pound Primeau played in 18 NHL games with a 3-10-2 record. Despite his track record, Primeau is talented, young and quite capable of turning the tide. He is only 23 years old.
Primeau might not have the best stats right now but it’s worth remembering that he made his professional debut in the 2019/20 season. He is still young and goalkeepers take the longest time to develop. He still has a bright future ahead of him and he has the skills to eventually take the number one spot if all goes well. The Canadiens don’t have a superstar goaltender between the posts, but they do have solid goaltenders who can get the job done and make the Canadiens competitive.
Primeau’s time could come sooner rather than later. If Allen and Montembeault fail to provide a regular goalkeeper, then Primeau is in place. He has great flexibility, plays angels well, has above average rebound control and challenges the shooter. He can also provide insurance if Allen and Monetembeault are injured. He has immense potential once he gets used to the NHL style of play and he could also be the future number one goaltender.
Unless something major happens, Jake Allen will go to training camp and the start of the 2022/23 season as a starter, with Samuel Montembeault and Primeau battling for a substitute role. The goalkeeper who loses this battle will be sent to Laval. With Carey Price placed on LTIR for the upcoming season, the job is up for Allen. The reserve battle will be intense, although the sent goalie will be Laval’s starter and will have a chance to show he belongs in the NHL.