Canadiens Welcome Back Goaltender Paris Duffus Off Waivers


MONTREAL, QC — In a move that adds depth and a touch of nostalgia to their roster, the Montreal Canadiens have claimed goaltender Paris Duffus off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning, bringing him back to the franchise where he began his NFHL career.

Duffus, 23, originally signed with the Flames/Canadiens as a 19-year-old free agent in 1991. After playing 14 games in Calgary, he moved around the league, including stops in Colorado and Columbus, before landing in Tampa Bay. This season, he was called up for 11 games with the Lightning, posting a career-best 4.26 goals-against average and a .855 save percentage, along with a record of 2-1-1.

"Bringing Paris back into the fold is an interesting development for us," said Canadiens General Manager Andrew Panunto. "He’s shown growth and resilience throughout his career, and we believe he still has a lot of growth to him."

Duffus’ return to the franchise is seen as a strategic move to bolster the goaltending department, particularly giving the team more options and veteran presence in the net. His experience in the league, despite being limited, brings valuable depth to the Canadiens’ roster.

Canadiens coach Larry Robinson expressed optimism about Duffus' return to the team. "Paris has matured as a goaltender since his first stint with us. We’ve seen his development over the years and we’re hopeful that he can bring stability when called upon," Robinson said. "His performance in Tampa this season showed that he has the potential to step up when needed."

Teammates also welcomed the return of Duffus, noting his work ethic and professionalism. "I remember watching Paris when he first started here," said veteran forward Trevor Linden. "It’s great to see a familiar face return. He’s a hard worker and a great guy in the locker room."

Duffus himself expressed excitement about his return to the franchise. "It feels like coming full circle," he stated. "This is where I started, and it’s thrilling to be back. I’m grateful for the opportunity to be here again and I’m ready to contribute in any way I can."

 -The Montreal Gazette