I will always have good memories of what I saw back in December 2010, and January 2011 when it came to Cedrick Desjardins. He was called up when their was an outpouring of dissatisfaction with Mike Smith and Dan Ellis. For the record, this tandem was partly responsible for us going as far as we did during the 2010-2011 season.
Mike Smith, who struggled at times (but proved to be solid in the end), along with newly acquired Dwayne Roloson were responsible for playing a role in our championship run. We came within 1 goal of the Stanley Cup finals, and nothing can take that away.
During the season, Desjardins was given the golden opportunity to show to everyone he had what it takes to be an NHL goalie. Here is what I found out about him.
He was born September 30, 1985 (26 years old) in Edmundston, New Brunswick in Canada, and catches left. He is often called Cedrick the Entertainer for the show he puts on while stopping teams from scoring.
In 2006, he was signed by the Montreal Canadiens to a 2 year contract to play for their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Hamilton Bulldogs after being invited by the Chicago Blackhawks to their training camp. The 2009-2010 season was amazing with the Bulldogs as he played in 47 games and compiled a 29-9-4 record with 6 shutouts and led the AHL with 2.0 Goals Against Average (GAA).
On July 20, 2010 he was re-signed by the Montreal Canadiens. Less than a month later on August 16th, he was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning for Karri Ramo, and assigned to the Norfolk Admirals. On December 30, 2010 he started his first NHL game, stopped 27 of 28 shots on goal on his way to helping the Lightning win against the Canadiens, 4-1.
On January 1, 2011 to ring in the new year, he got his second NHL start against the New York Rangers. He was stellar, and amazed the crown again. The final score was 2-1 that night.
On July 8, 2011 he signed as an UFA with the Colorado Avalanche.
Desjardins, who is injury prone, started the 2011-12 season injured, but when he came back he was assigned to the Lake Erie Monsters. In 32 games, he set season records for the team Save Percentage and Goals Against Average (GAA). He was also the lone representative for the Monsters at the AHL All-Star game.
On February 16, 2012, he was briefly recalled by the Avalanche to be a backup, but never played.
Something flew under the radar on July 1, 2012… Desjardins is returning home to his original team. He was signed to a 1 year, 2-way contract by the Montreal Canadiens.
GOOD LUCK, CEDRICK… STAY HEALTHY!!!