When the Canadian handed Tyler Toffoli to the Calgary Flames last February, he got his hands on Emil Heineman and two picks (including a first-round pick), as well as Tyler Pitlick. That said, the latter was clearly not the main element of the lineup: he was there mainly for salary reasons and therefore the CH had someone to help out until the end of the season.
It ultimately took several weeks to see Pitlick in action and eventually scored one goal and three points in 14 games in the Habs kit. He hasn’t won any games for the team, but he hasn’t lost a single one.
That said, Pitlick hasn’t signed a new contract with CH, so he became a free agent this summer. And in the end he doesn’t have a deal yet, but at least he does Something : a professional test with the Blues.
The Blues have signed striker Tyler Pitlick for a professional test. He will join the retirement team when he starts later this month. https://t.co/Z0fOUnrJWd
– St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) 1 September 2022
Pitlick will thus have the opportunity to try to carve out a place within the organization of the Blues. There will be a lot of people ahead of him, of course, but he could still land a role as a 13th striker or a position with the Blues school club.
To be honest, at the beginning of the summer, he wouldn’t have bothered me if the CH wanted to offer him a one-year deal at the minimum wage. After all, he could have continued to play alongside his cousin Rem and in the role of 13th striker he is not a nuisance. That said, the fact that Evgenii Dadonov, Kirby Dach and Sean Monahan came to Montreal meant that he would be distant in the hierarchy.
After all, at this moment, Michael Pezzetta is likely to find himself giving up before the start of the season (if there are no injuries) due to a surplus of strikers. Pitlick therefore had no real chance of carving out a position with CH, not even that of 13th striker.
After all, speaking of professional tests, today also James Neal (who has just spent the last season in the organization of the Blues) got one, he who will take part in the withdrawal of the Blue Jackets.
#CBJ have signed UFA striker James Neal for a PTO. https://t.co/2BWKRJSaq8
– CapFriendly (@CapFriendly) 1 September 2022
Clearly, then, experienced support strikers are starting to find pro tryouts all over the Bettman circuit. Could Mathieu Perreault, still without a contract, imitate them soon? Perhaps.
In short, a new chance for Pitlick and Neal, and we wish them a place on the Bettman circuit. Now it’s up to them to prove their worth.
Few players approaching the 2022-23 season have more performances than Jack Eichel.
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– The Hockey News (@TheHockeyNews) 1 September 2022
– Turnaround: Ismaël Koné would eventually stay in Montreal.
As reported by some media, my sources tell me that the deal for Koné with @SheffieldUnited would have fallen into the water. Maybe they ran out of time. @cfmontreal #CFMTL The deadline is that England has expired.
– Jeremy Filosa 🎙 (@JeremyFilosa) 1 September 2022
– Well done.