By Lindsay Kramer
After he was traded from the Montreal organization to Tampa Bay earlier this week, the phone of goalie Cedrick Desjardins was overloaded with messages from well-wishers.
The outpouring of support and curiosity caught him off-guard.
“I was surprised. For a guy who plays in the AHL, so many people called. I have a lot of friends,” he said. “Also, there’s nothing really going on (news-wise). So that’s probably it.”
Desjardins, who won the Kelly Cup with Cincinnati in 2008, drastically undersells himself. When one of the AHL’s best goalies gets a new address at this point in the summer, it tends to grab attention.
Playing for Hamilton last season Desjardins, 24, led the AHL in goals-against average (2.00), ranked second in shutouts (six), tied for fourth in wins (29) and was tied for sixth in save percentage (.919). The effort earned him a spot on the league’s second all-star team.