There will be another new face in training camp as the Habs announced on Monday that they’ve inked veteran defenceman Cody Goloubef to a PTO deal.
The 31-year-old spent all of last season in the minors with Belleville where he had four goals and two assists along with 33 penalty minutes in 31 games. However, he does have NHL experience with four different organizations over his 12 professional seasons with Columbus, Colorado, Ottawa, and Detroit, spanning 160 games. His last action at the top level came in 2019-20 when he played in 26 contests at the top level.
It’s unlikely that Goloubef will be contending for a roster spot with the Canadiens but as a right-shot defender, he would fill a spot of need in Laval. Josh Brook recently underwent surgery and will miss the first few months of the season which creates a sizable hole on the back end for the Rocket who also added Louie Belpedio this summer (but he will take the place of Cale Fleury). If Goloubef winds up signing, he will take up a veteran slot with Laval but they’re in pretty good shape on that front as things stand.