We know it: The current situation on the Internet among Canadians is pretty nebulous. Carey Price’s precarious state of health means that the team’s various goalkeepers don’t know exactly which chair they will be sitting in at the start of next season, causing a great deal of uncertainty.
Moreover, Kent Hughes has made no secret of it: if he’s lucky enough to land a promising young goalkeeper, he’ll seriously consider the opportunity. He had recently said that he was unsure of having a true future #1 goaltender on his hockey org chart and that is why the CH is currently associated with many goaltenders.
And now Rick Dhaliwal, who covers the Canucks’ activities, touched on earlier today that the Canadian would “might be interested” in taking on Michael DiPietro.
#Have ‘might’ be interested in Canucks goalie Michael DiPietro. https://t.co/ZiLUTiMR1I
— Habs Chronicle (@HabsChronicle) June 29, 2022
Dhaliwal is on the hit Canuck’s for the athletewhich means he probably has reason to believe the CH is at least watching the file out of the corner of his eye.
But who exactly is DiPietro? A Canucks third-round pick in 2017, the 23-year-old goaltender made his mark at the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championships with four big games. It hadn’t been a great year for Canada, who had been defeated in the quarterfinals, but DiPietro had had quite the tournament.
Gold, the cake won’t rise for DiPietro in Vancouver. Much like Cayden Primeau, his good (but not outstanding) performances in the AHL don’t translate to good NHL games, with 5.28 goals against average and .771 save percentage in three games at the Bettman Circuit.
And with Thatcher Demko being the Canucks’ future goalie, DiPietro doesn’t appear to be on the team’s agenda anymore.
I really wouldn’t be against the idea of acquiring DiPietro on the cheap, but on the other hand, is it a good idea to get another keeper to evolve with Rocket? Primeau has had a great streak and needs to get a lot of starts next year at Laval. DiPietro would “steal” his starts if he also joins the Rocket.
Anyway, we’ll have to see if this idea gets us anywhere, but since Dhaliwal says the Canucks want DiPietro’s case closed by next week, we should have an answer in the next few days.
– The famous documentary about the rivalry between the Red Wings and the Avalanche will be aired on TSN.
The Colorado Avalanche and Detroit Red Wings became heated rivals 25 years ago, and the landscape of the NHL was transformed by a series of events that would forever affect the players and their cities.
—TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) June 29, 2022
– The Wild are still hoping to keep Marc-André Fleury.
Guerin doesn’t have an answer yet but still hopes to re-sign Marc-Andre Fleury.
– Michael Russo (@RussoHockey) June 29, 2022
– Nick Suzuki doesn’t get wet over the CH first pick. With reason.
#Have Nick Suzuki on @timandfriends when asked if he has been seen #NHLDraft Top prospects Shane Wright & Juraj Slafkovský play: “I’ve seen a few highlights from each of them – doing my own kind of scouting – but my opinion doesn’t really matter.”
— Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) June 29, 2022
– Anthony Duclair will officially have Achilles tendon surgery tomorrow. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Anthony Duclair confirmed an Achilles injury via his Instagram. Will be operated on for a tear tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/kUt681mBpC
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 29, 2022
– Huge transaction in the NBA.
It will come as a shock to Spurs supporters. https://t.co/6B0SezBRV5
— AlleyOop360 (@AlleyOop360) June 29, 2022