likely in it for the long haul with Bakersfield is coming back!
Montreal and Edmonton completed a trade this morning, sending forward Zack Kassian to the Oilers organization for goalie Ben Scrivens. Over the weekend, Scrivens was a healthy scratch for AHL Bakersfield. The trade is a bit surprising from an Oilers perspective; reasonable from the Canadiens.
The Habs are currently in the middle of a losing streak and are relying on rookie Mike Condon and former Admiral Dustin Tokarski in net. All-world netminder Carey Price is out with a long-time injury, and there was a need to find a solution. Zack Kassian, who came to Montreal in an off-season trade from Vancouver, has spent most of the season in the NHL’s substance abuse rehabilitation program. The Canadiens decided a fresh start would probably be better for Kassian, who never played a game for the organization.
Scrivens is an odd choice for both sides, really. He hasn’t played as well with Edmonton, getting sent down to the minors. The goalie has turned around his play as of late, with a respectable .923 save percentage in December. Montreal hopes he will find his former Los Angeles Kings glory days and be the stopgap until Price returns.
Kassian is another body for the Condors. If anything, they need help on defense. I’m not really sure how Kassian helps him there, unless they decide on a position switch. I doubt this will happen. The Kassian/Scrivens trade has immediate consequences for the Admirals.
Ty Rimmer, who was called up to Bakersfield in light of an injury to Laurent Brossoit, is not coming back. Rimmer is on an AHL contract with the Condors, who decide if he gets sent down. Right now, Oilers goalie depth is pretty thin. Anders Nilsson and Cam Talbot are with the Oilers, followed by Brossoit and Rimmer in Bakersfield. Norfolk’s battery is now Nick Riopel and Adam Courchaine for the foreseeable future. The Admirals need a little of everything right now, and losing Ty Rimmer is not the best of circumstances. Edmonton does have one other goalie under contract-Eetu Laurikainen. I doubt he comes back after being sent back to Finland.
Edit: As of 10:36 a.m., this isn’t true! Eetu Laurikainen was reassigned to the Condors. Ty Rimmer is coming back as a result. News travels fast, eh?
In an NHL season quiet on trades, this one actually affects an ECHL team.