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The door is wide open for Lindgren to demonstrate that he is ready to make the jump into the NHL as a reserve Price as early as next fall.
Charlie Lindgren will only play maybe one more game by the end of the season, but the young keeper has nevertheless had the opportunity to show off in anticipation of next fall.
Head coach Claude Julien has pushed a long sigh, Tuesday morning, before saying that the recall of Lindgren’s Rocket de Laval had nothing to do with the recent performance of the reservist Antti Niemi. Instead, he explained the decision of the team by mentioning that the presence of Lindgren will allow Carey Price to get more often leave in the training by the end of the season.
“By the end of the season, we have a lot of games and workouts to the schedule, said Julien. If we want to give leave to our goalkeeper [Price], we will have two guards [at the training]. It is for this reason, in addition to provide the opportunity for Charlie to spend time with us. “
Seize the opportunity
The opportunity is still good for Lindgren, who flows the first year of a contract to a tier of three seasons with the Canadian. For his part, Niemi could become a free agent without compensation on July 1, next.
Niemi has a record of 8-6-2 in 17 outings this season, with an average of 3.78 and an efficiency rate of ,887. He conceded the defeat of his four most recent attendance.
The jump in the NHL
The door is therefore wide open for Lindgren to demonstrate that he is ready to make the jump into the NHL as a reserve Price as early as next fall.
“I hope that this is the case, but I’ll take things one day at a time,” said Lindgren when he was asked whether he believed that this recall could serve as a springboard for the next season. “Today, I’ll make sure to be at the top of my form. Tomorrow, I will take care of tomorrow, and I’ll go ahead this way. I know that this is a great opportunity and I am very happy to be here. “
Lindgren, 25-year-old, is in his third campaign in the professional ranks. In 33 meetings with the Rockets this season, he has compiled a record of 11-14-1 with a mean of 2.94 and an efficiency rate of ,884.
He missed six weeks of play in December and January because of a lower-body injury.
“It was the first time that I was missing a long period of time and it wasn’t very fun, has admitted Lindgren. But I see that as adversity and it was good to get through it. “
“During the first week when I got back and we were in Manitoba, I was perhaps still not quite 100 %. It was not easy to find my bearings, but I believe I have done good work. “
Even if the statistics of Lindgren with the Rocket are not particularly impressive, the main concerned is believed to have continued to progress since his arrival in the organization of the Canadian. He will have the opportunity to prove it over the next few weeks, while working with the ‘ goalie coach, Stephane Waite.
“He has a wealth of knowledge and I am always happy to have the opportunity to work with Stéphane, has recognized Lindgren. It is one of the best in what he does and it always helps me to move forward. “
Julien did not want to come forward about the possibility to send Lindgren out in the melee by the end of the season. He stated, however, that the native of Minnesota is expected to remain with the big club until the end of his campaign.
Lindgren has a few weeks of training to convince the management team that she will not need to go digging elsewhere to find the next member Price.