Forwards Corey Perry and Michael Frolik were unable to find a taker on waivers on Tuesday so they will stay with the Montreal Canadiens.
The two men had been made available the day before by the Habs, who had also lost defenseman Noah Juulsen to the Florida Panthers on Monday. However, since they have not been claimed, they will remain with head coach Claude Julien’s squad. The Habs are due to start their regular season by visiting the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.
However, Perry and Frolik were assigned to the big club’s reserve squad, as were Charlie Lindgren, Ryan Poehling and Cale Fleury.
Four players pack their bags
Elsewhere in the National Hockey League, four skaters have been claimed. Goalkeeper Anton Forsberg moves from the Edmonton Oilers to the Carolina Hurricanes, while winger Rudolfs Balcers leaves the Ottawa Senators to join the San Jose Sharks. For their part, the Winnipeg Jets lost Eric Comrie and Luca Sbisa, who will play with the New Jersey Devils and the Nashville Predators respectively.
Quebecers Frédérik Gauthier (Arizona Coyotes), Samuel Morin (Philadelphia Flyers) and Mathieu Perreault (Jets) have not been claimed.
A curious detour for Victor Mete
At just 22 years old, defenseman Victor Mete already has 171 games of regular season experience in the National Hockey League. A detour stands in his way, however, since he does not appear to be among the six regular defenders of the Montreal Canadiens to start the current campaign.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect, the goal was just to work hard and I’m happy with my training camp,” Mete said Tuesday at a press briefing.
The young Ontario defender could find himself in the reserve team (“taxi squad”), a new reality that he sees favorably.
“It’s pretty good,” he said, hinting at some internal competition. We see that the training takes place at high intensity. Everyone pushes others to be better. ”
On Tuesday morning, Mete was employed on the fourth defensive pair with Cale Fleury in training. The top 6 is made up of Shea Weber, Ben Chiarot, Jeff Petry, Joel Edmundson, Brett Kulak and Alexander Romanov.
The Canadian begins his season Wednesday in Toronto with a game against the Maple Leafs.