It hasn’t been a great season for Victor Mete as he has spent most of the year in the press box. He now has an opportunity to potentially land elsewhere as the Habs placed him on waivers on Sunday.
After having a very limited role in the bubble, Mete opted to accept his qualifying offer of $735,000 which seemed like a major bargain at the time. However, he was clearly outside Montreal’s top six on the depth chart and as a result of that and the team largely being healthy on the back end (aside from Ben Chiarot’s current hand injury), he has been limited to just 14 games this season. An early-season trade request hadn’t yielded a trade partner with GM Marc Bergevin indicating that he had no intention of moving Mete.
The writing on the wall came in Thursday’s game when Mete was stapled to the bench for the third period against Winnipeg and was replaced by Otto Leskinen on Saturday (who came with his own set of defensive zone adventures). That was a clear sign from Dominique Ducharme that he had lost faith in what the 22-year-old can do and that a move needed to be made to add to the back end. That hasn’t yet happened but Mete’s placement suggests there should be something happening between now and 3 PM EST tomorrow.
In the meantime, we’ll find out at noon EST on Monday if Mete was claimed and that seems like a likely outcome at this point as a rebuilding team would logically want to take a look at a young blueliner before he hits restricted free agency this summer. Mete has been looking for a change of scenery for a while and it appears he’s a day away from getting it.