As expected, Adam Brooks’ time with the Canadiens organization has come to an end as the Golden Knights claimed him on waivers on Wednesday.
Montreal claimed Brooks from Toronto at the end of training camp, hoping to add to their depth down the middle. However, the 25-year-old rarely played, suiting up just four times in 17 games and struggled considerably at the faceoff dot. With the Habs needing to free up a roster spot to convert Cayden Primeau’s recall from an emergency one to a regular one on Tuesday, Brooks was the one to lose his placement. He’ll now join a Vegas team that has been hit hard by the injury bug so far this season and should get a better chance to play than he was given with the Canadiens.
Brooks’ $725,000 cap hit will come off Montreal’s books although the cap isn’t an issue for them right now with Carey Price, Paul Byron, and Shea Weber on LTIR. With his departure, the Habs are back down to 47 contracts out of the limit of 50.
In other news Wednesday, head coach Dominique Ducharme confirmed that Mattias Norlinder will make his NHL debut on Thursday against Pittsburgh. He’s expected to play alongside David Savard and will take Chris Wideman’s spot in the lineup. Joel Edmundson skated on his own and is hoping to rejoin the team for practice on Saturday.