Montreal Canadiens recall Noah Juulsen and Charlie Lindgren

LAVAL, QC - FEBRUARY 14: Noah Juulsen
LAVAL, QC - FEBRUARY 14: Noah Juulsen /

The Montreal Canadiens continue to make some transactions calling up Noah Juulsen and Charlie Lindgren from the Laval Rocket.

The last week or so may go down as one of the more active days for the Montreal Canadiens in recent memory. Granted, there’s only been one actual trade, but management has been on the ball making a lot of moves within the organization. Today started with the Habs acquiring a 2019 fifth-round pick from the Washington Capitals in exchange for Jakub Jerabek. Now, Montreal has called some reinforcements from the AHL.

Noah Juulsen and Charlie Lindgren are now up with the Habs. Lindgren’s recall is on an emergency basis. Carey Price missed practice this morning, but it was deemed a therapy day. However, Claude Julien also mentioned that Price would be evaluated seeing as how he took a puck off the mask in the game against the Philadelphia Flyers. If the Habs starting goaltender can’t go, then Lindgren will suit up.

It was a matter of time before the 24-year-old would be back in the NHL anyway. After re-signing with the Habs for another three-years, the backup role is his for the taking. There’s also a chance that he stays if a move for Antti Niemi could be worked out somewhere.

Juulsen is a little shocking. Seeing as how the season has gone for the NHL, you’d like to think that they would take the remaining games to take a look at some of the prospects they have with the Laval Rocket.

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The 2015 first-round pick has been a defenceman who fans have had their eyes for a while after he made his debut in the AHL. It was delayed because of a foot injury, but he’s been an effective option for Laval.

Perhaps this is another angle for the Jerabek trade. The easiest assumption was that it was done to open up a spot for Andrew Shaw, but with this, it’s hard to tell. The 20-year-old has a goal and five assists in 31 AHL games. He is an all-around defencemen and has been clearly showing those strengths with the Rocket, so much so that he was trusted with top-pairing minutes after Matt Taormina, leading point getter on defence, went down with an injury.

It’s hard to gauge whether this is a quick look or a full audition for Juulsen or not. Considering how the Habs contract situation lines up, if the plan is for him to stay, then another domino has to fall.

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