Two days ago, we concluded our report on the Young Stars tournament invitees — Antoine Roussel, Nathan Longpre and Karel St. Laurent — and their quests to earn professional contracts within the bowels of the Canucks organization. Roussel had been successful, Longpre’s tryout was extended, and St. Laurent had unfortunately been released and would be attending and playing goal for Trois Rivieres, according to our sources.

Turns out, we were wrong. St. Laurent’s not heading home; he’s heading to Pennsylvania to be the number one netminder for the ECHL’s Reading Royals, after signing a contract with the Providence Bruins (as commenter Michelle insisted).

According to the report below, St. Laurent began negotiations with the Wolves, but the Boston Bruins’ organization was aggressive in convincing him to join their prospects pool instead. (Oh great, another Boston Bruins netminder that the Canucks can’t solve.) The report is in French, a language I don’t speak, so enjoy some choppy Google translation on the house:

According to the principal applicant, Boston took steps very aggressive to retain his services. It is this tenacity that has been successful.

The Bruins offer was more advantageous to St.Laurent, as it gives it to earn wages in the American League, although it will debut with the Royals from Reading, in the East Coast League. The goalkeeper is delighted with this agreement which will allow it to “have one foot in the door of one of the major organizations in the NHL.”

As far as I can tell, while the Boston Bruins were involved in the negotiations (at least involved enough to convince St. Laurent he would have more upward mobility in their system), the contract is with Providence’s Bruins, not Boston’s. There has been no announcement of the Boston Bruins signing St. Laurent to an entry-level contract.

In case you’re dubious of this shady, French news report (which is alone in reporting this, it seems), St. Laurent tweeted yesterday that he is indeed in Reading, where he’ll be the Royals’ number one netminder.

We at PITB wish Karel St. Laurent all the best, unless he makes the NHL as a Bruin, in which case, we hope that he and his stupid crappy team fail spectacularly.

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8 comments

  1. Beninvictoria
    October 7, 2011

    Oh god dammit.

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  2. SteveB
    October 7, 2011

    “unless he makes the NHL as a Bruin, in which case, we hope that he and his stupid crappy team fail spectacularly.”
    +5

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    • Noodle
      October 7, 2011

      Heck, at least he didn’t join the Hawks.

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  3. madwag
    October 7, 2011

    I think we should wish him well!

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  4. m.ramsey
    October 8, 2011

    I did not believe that this blog was so cruel and negative to our young players who work hard and who wants to best. Continue like this, i am out, i do not need that in my life. You must be very unhappy in yours. By the way you do not seem to like french language, a language that you do not even know. PIYB….

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    • Daniel Wagner
      October 8, 2011

      Are you okay? You seem to be having troubles with reading comprehension. I’m a little concerned. Have you had a concussion recently? I’m just really confused as to how you could see this post as being cruel and negative.

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  5. m.ramsey
    October 8, 2011

    Yes i did reading this:We at PITB wish Karel St. Laurent all the best, unless he makes the NHL as a Bruin, in which case, we hope that he and his stupid crappy team fail spectacularly.I am sorry should have put the first part in reply to Steve B. But i wonder why you publish comments like this.

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    • Daniel Wagner
      October 8, 2011

      You realize the Canucks just lost in the Stanley Cup Final to the Bruins, right? And that there might be a certain bitterness associated with this that might come out in the form of humorously biting comments?

      *sigh*

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