Habs Deal Kassian to Oilers for Scrivens

Habs acquire Scrivens from Oilers for Kassian (Photos by @TradedNHLPlayer)

Habs acquire Scrivens from Oilers for Kassian (Photos by @TradedNHLPlayer)

The Montreal Canadiens told Zack Kassian not to report to the St. John’s IceCaps after assigning him there once he was active again. This kicked off rumours in every direction until Elliotte Friedman suggested two different paths: San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers. The path was narrowed even further by Friedman by noticing that Ben Scrivens was being left completely out of the line up for Edmonton’s AHL affiliate and then Eric Engels mentioned yesterday how Edmonton and Montreal had been talking for around a month’s time.

This morning the Habs dealt Zack Kassian to the Oilers for goaltender, Ben Scrivens. The Oilers will be retaining 24% of his salary. Since Kassian had already cleared waivers, he was sent to their farm team while the Canadiens gave the IceCaps Dustin Tokarski back. This deal by Marc Bergevin might be confusing for a number of reasons as it’s clear that the Canadiens are having more struggles in the offensive zone putting pucks in the net, rather than keeping them out of their own.

Kassian came to the Canadiens with a 5th round pick for Brandon Prust which sent a ripple throughout the fan base since the former #8 was a favourite amongst the supporters. Unfortunately for everyone on this side of the deal, it did not work out as the former Buffalo first round pick in 2009 only appeared in the preseason before packing his bags for rehab. This deal gives him a fresh start in a market that is not as crazy as the Montreal one and certainly doesn’t have the blood-thirst media.

As for Ben Scrivens? The Habs are receiving a goaltender with a bit more experience under his belt. While his numbers in the AHL have not looked so good this season with a GAA of 3.47 and a .893 save percentage, he did step it up in his last five games. In those games, Scrivens has posted a .945 save percentage while averaging 34 shots.

It’s clear that Marc Bergevin wants a bit more stability between the pipes. There have been some goals going in lately that you want your netminder to stop. It’s hard to get back into games when you keep going down, especially down early and by many. While the blame cannot be fully put on Dustin Tokarski’s or Mike Condon’s shoulders, the experience should at least be welcomed. As for goal-scoring? The Habs have had some of the worst puck luck out there. The bounces are bound to start going there way again, hopefully that is soon. If not, look for Bergevin to pull the trigger on another deal if he isn’t already cooking one up.

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