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.Tags: Invitees, st. laurent