LATEST | Tanner Pearson traded: Casey DeSmith reacts to the transaction

Published September 19, 2023 at 8:04 PM
BY FELIP GOSSELIN

Patrik Allvin and the Canucks announced a transaction earlier today with the Canadiens. The official announcement from the team finally came:


ONE MOVE TO FIX THREE PROBLEMS

Allvin fixed three problems his current roster had with his trade:


First, he brought in a steady backup for Thatcher Demko. This also means Arturs Silovs will continue his development in Abbotsford while DeSmith and Demko take care of the NHL workload.

Second, trading away Tanner Pearson opens up a much-needed roster spot on the wing. An overload of wingers limited the opportunities for young guns such as Vasily Podkolzin and Nils Hoglander to have proper ice time. Now, they'll be battling for the better spot in the line-up.

Third, Allvin clears up the cap. Once Poolman properly hits the LTIR, the Canucks will be cap compliant.

DESMITH ECSTATIC FOR A NEW OPPORTUNITY

Casey DeSmith has had quite a busy summer thus far; the netminder was first with the Penguins when the season ended. However, he was involved in one of the most significant trades of the last ten years, which sent Erik Karlsson to the Penguins and landed DeSmith in Montreal. Unhappy with the situation, everybody knew it was only a matter of time before DeSmith found a new home since Montreal already had their two netminders.

The newly acquired Canucks delivered his thoughts on the trade via his agent (who also represents Thatcher Demko), and it's pretty promising:

‘'Casey DeSmith is ecstatic to get to Vancouver.

His agent now represents both goalies in VAN - Thatcher Demko and DeSmith.''


DeSmith, 32, is signed for two more years at a reasonable $1.8M AAV. The veteran netminder spent the entirety of his professional career within the Penguins' organization, where he managed a 58-44-15 record and a 0.912 save percentage. Hopefully, his numbers will only improve from there.
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