The Montreal Canadiens have secured even more of their goaltending depth, this time re-signing Michael McNiven to a one-year two-way contract worth $700K at the NHL level. McNiven is coming off his entry-level contract and was scheduled to become a restricted free agent next month.
McNiven, 23, was an undrafted free agent signing back in 2015 and has been in the Canadiens organization ever since. In 2017-18 he started his professional career, splitting time between the AHL and ECHL. That’s been the story ever since and could very well be the case in 2020-21 as well.
Regardless, the young goaltender will serve as organizational depth for a team that has put a premium on it heading into next season. Carey Price and Jake Allen form the most expensive NHL tandem in the league, while McNiven joins three other goaltenders under NHL contracts in the system.