Charlie Lindgren finds himself in a precarious position.

The Montreal Canadiens goaltender is ready for prime time, but there doesn’t appear to be a job currently available to him in the NHL.

With Carey Price the face of the franchise and with Al Montoya inked to a two-year, $2.1 million contract to warm the bench for somewhere between 60-65 games per season, the only way Lindgren will get his crack in the big leagues this year is if one of them goes down, if Montoya proves incapable of filling in, or if Lindgren gets traded.

And the last scenario is highly unlikely.

Though Lindgren represents the best trade chip Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin currently owns, he’s too important to the team to be traded. His signing out of St. Cloud University was made two springs ago to bolster the team’s depth at the position—and it came right as the Canadiens were wrapping up a season that saw Price miss all but 12 games with a knee injury while his backups failed to provide any type of stability in his absence.