It might work out best for Charlie Lindgren and Montreal if they were to trade him.
Lindgren started in six games with Montreal last season, but his chances of establishing himself as an NHL goaltender with Montreal in the future are looking slim. After trading for and signing Jake Allen, the Canadiens have the duo of Allen and Carey Price set to man the net at the NHL level for the next three seasons. The move made sense for Montreal, but it also created a logjam at the AHL level. Cayden Primeau, 21, is seen as Montreal's goaltender of the future and they want to make sure he's getting regular work, so he'll be entering the season as the 1A goaltender in the AHL at the very least. That leaves Lindgren along with Michael McNiven and Vasili Demchenko competing for just one AHL job. Montreal doesn't have an ECHL affiliate and while they could still try to find ECHL homes for the goaltenders who don't make the AHL squad, the Canadiens wouldn't have a lot of control over their development. More to the point in Lindgren's case, he's 26-years-old now and at this point, there doesn't seem to be a real spot for him in the Canadiens' organization. McNiven is younger and Demchenko is intriguing given that he's making the leap from the KHL. Lindgren has had stints at the NHL level in each of the last five seasons, but never established himself as a backup with Montreal. Perhaps a change of scenery would do him some good and given the Canadiens logjam, trading him might also help simplify their AHL situation. The return for him won't be noteworthy, but there might be a team out there interested in depth goaltending that would see him as a potential No. 3 and their AHL starter going into the campaign. Nov 13 10:04 am (EST)