The Montreal Canadiens have arguably the best goaltender in the world on their roster in the form of superstar Carey Price, but his injury this season raised some very legitimate questions about the teams' depth at the position.
On Wednesday the Canadiens took a big step towards resolving that issue, by signing goaltender Charlie Lindgren as a free agent out of college to a two year deal. Habs general manager Marc Bergevin indicated his belief that Lindgren was the best available free agent in the following official statement from the Canadiens:
“We are very happy to have reached an agreement with Charlie Lindgren. Lindgren was in our mind the best free agent goaltender available coming out of the US college level. He made the decision to join the Canadiens organization and will complete the season with the team. Lindgren is a top goaltender coming out of college, and becomes an excellent prospect for our organization, bringing some depth at this position," said Bergevin.
Lindgren was an impressive 30-9-1 with the Huskies this season while recording a .925 save percentage and a 2.13 goals against average.
There's been no official announcement yet, but it sounds like goaltender Ben Scrivens will be the odd man out in this equation and the signing of Lindgren may mark an end to his time with the Canadiens. It's unclear how much of a role Lindgren will have going forward, but he will likely be competing with players like Zach Fucale and Mike Condon for ice time.