Canadiens send Cayden Primeau to AHL, recall Charlie Lindgren

Canadiens backup goalie Cayden Primeau talks about the feeling of his first NHL win, and his teammates and head coach Claude Julien can see a bright future ahead for the netminder.

The Montreal Canadiens have assigned goalie Cayden Primeau to the AHL’s Laval Rocket and recalled fellow netminder Charlie Lindgren, the team announced Saturday.

Primeau, 20, impressed in his two starts for the Canadiens this month, a 35-save win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday and a 32-save loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Dec. 5.

The 2017 seventh-round pick (199th overall) from Voorhees, N.J., has recorded a 2.58 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 12 games with the Rocket, Montreal’s farm team.

Lindgren, 25, has a 2.67 GAA and .893 SVV% in 16 games with Laval.

In 18 career NHL starts across four seasons, including a 14-game stint in Montreal in 2017-18, the native of Lakeville, Minn., has put up a 2.89 GAA and .912 SVV%.

The Canadiens also told reporters that injured winger Paul Byron is not ready to return and will sit out Saturday’s game vs. the Detroit Red Wings as well as the team’s upcoming road trip.

The 30-year-old has been on the shelf for a month after injuring his knee and undergoing surgery.

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