The Edmonton Oilers made an interesting trade this week with the Montreal Canadiens - sending a conditional draft pick East in exchange for backup goalie Al Montoya.
Presumably, the deal took longer to take place because Montoya was sidelined with a concussion and was on the Canadiens' injured reserve.
Oilers backup goalie at the time of the trade, Laurent Brossoit, was none too happy about the deal.
“It’s not something I was expecting,” said Brossoit according to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Sun. “Wherever I end up, I’ll have to take advantage of playing more. There’s good in every situation and I plan to find that."
Even Cam Talbot expressed surprise over the deal that gave him a new backup goaltender.
When you look at his record (3-7-1), and the overall record of the Edmonton Oilers (18-21-3), you understand why Peter Chiarelli went ahead and sought out a better backup goalie. The Oilers are pretty far out of playoff contention, and there's belief that changes are on the horizon - but it is also believed that they won't quit until they are mathematically eliminated.
Brossoit was waived following the trade, and things only got worse for him, as no one felt a need to pick him up off the wire.
It is likely the last we see of Brossoit in Edmonton - certainly for the season, and likely moving forward. His contract expires at the end of this season, at which point he becomes a restricted free agent. It's very unclear as of this point whether or not he gets qualified for a new deal.
At 24-years-old, there's time to figure things out, but he has a lot of work to do in order to prove that he can be effective on hockey's biggest stage.
OTHER WAIVER NEWS
Brossoit wasn't the only player to hit the waiver wire on Saturday and go unclaimed.
Frank Corrado, defenseman for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and formerly of the Vancouver Canucks and Toronto Maple Leafs, has failed to make a lasting impression with any coach he's played for at the NHL level so far in his career.
No one else was placed on waivers today.