The Montreal Canadiens weren’t able to sneak Jacob de La Rose through waivers as the Detroit Red Wings swept in, but it may not be as drastic as it seems.
Waivers are a blessing and a curse. Teams can capitalize on windows to pick up prospecting players from other locations, but at the same time, it could happen to them. The Montreal Canadiens have benefitted from the waiver wire in the past.
Paul Byron is the biggest name there when the Habs picked him up from the Calgary Flames at the start of the 2015/16 season. It’s been three years since then, and Byron has established himself as a leader on the ice who can put up 20-goal seasons. Antti Niemi was another one as the Habs grabbed him after two horrible displays in Pittsburgh and Florida last year.
But the shoe was on the other foot Wednesday afternoon. Montreal attempted to assign Jacob de La Rose to the AHL in order to play for the Laval Rocket. Instead, he is making his way to the Detroit Red Wings.
It’s not an ideal situation whatsoever. The 23-year-old may not have been an offensive-minded player, despite the team’s best wishes, but there did appear to be some kind of plan with de La Rose. He signed a two-year contract extension over the summer that would see him make $900,000 per season.