Down multiple defensemen at the moment, the Canadiens have added some depth on the back end as they’ve claimed Kale Clague off waivers from the Kings, Daily Faceoff’s Frank Seravalli reports (Twitter link).
The 23-year-old somewhat surprisingly cleared waivers at the start of the season and picked up four assists in five games with AHL Ontario which helped him earn an opportunity when Los Angeles was really battling injury issues to their defense corps. Clague was actually relatively productive in his 11 games with the team, picking up five assists while logging nearly 18 minutes a game but with Drew Doughty recently returning and Clague sitting for nearly two weeks, they decided to try to send him down again.
The Canadiens have battled injury issues all season and find themselves without Jeff Petry (upper-body injury), Joel Edmundson (back injury), and Sami Niku (COVID protocol) so there is definitely a chance that Clague can secure a spot with Montreal in the short term at the very least. Laurent Dauphin was sent back to AHL Laval to make room for Clague on the roster; they will have to make another move later as well as they’ve already committed to activating Mike Hoffman off IR before tonight’s game.
Clague is making just over $761K this season and will be a restricted free agent with salary arbitration rights next summer.
Victor Mete is looking pretty good now…haha
It’s honestly shocking how brutal he’s looked this year. It was a short audition but he actually looked like he could be a piece for the future after what he showed at the end of last season. I understand he’s mostly been paired with a bottom pairing AHL caliber player in Josh Brown this year but he has clearly shown he probably shouldn’t be playing on one of the NHLs worst defence groups.
Mete has been garbage this year, what are you talking about
Mete is a pilon, obviously haven’t watched a Senators game lol.
Good pickuo. Shocked the Kings waived a 23-ur old when Matta was on the roster
Exactly, should have sent Maata down! Maybe we will get lucky and Montreal will waive him down the road, but chances are he will be good enough for them to keep.