The Montreal Canadiens placed goaltender Carey Price on injured reserve this afternoon, leaving only 22 players on their 23 man active roster.
Davis Drewiske was placed on waivers yesterday and was then sent to the Hamilton Bulldogs today after going unclaimed. The defenseman had not played a game yet this season after suffering a shoulder injury that required surgery in the offseason.
Placing Price on injured reserve retroactive to February 26th means he could be back on the roster as soon as Wednesday. The question I find myself pondering is why bother subjecting Drewiske to waivers when they have an open spot for him on the NHL roster? I know Drewiske could use some AHL seasoning to see how his shoulder feels, but they could not take him on the trip when they face his former team, the Kings?
The only answer is someone must be about to join the active roster. That could be one of injured forwards Brandon Prust or Michael Bournival, but reports on their health seem to suggest they are not quite ready to be activated just yet.
Montreal begins a tough four game stretch out west today in Los Angeles. Teams from the East usually carry as many extra bodies as possible when traveling to the left side of the continent, which makes the extra roster spot all the more interesting.
If Bournival and Prust are still out, that means a player is coming from elsewhere, and it just so happens to be less than 48 hours from the NHL trade deadline.
The Canadiens have been linked to many available NHL players, and could be making room for a rental with time ticking away towards the trade deadline.
It is difficult to say who exactly could be making their way on to the Canadiens roster, but it makes no sense for a team to open up a roster spot for no one as they head out on one of their longest road trips of the season.
Stay tuned Habs fans, something is going to happen soon with the Canadiens.