After a short cameo at the end of last season, Brian Flynn has re-upped in Montreal.
On Monday, the Habs announced they signed Flynn to a two-year, $1.9 million deal with an average annual cap hit of $950,000. A serviceable depth forward, Flynn was set to become a restricted free agent but avoids that route with this deal, which represents a slight pay raise from his previous contract.
The former Sabre, who had three points in six playoff games for the Habs last year, is the latest of GM Marc Bergenvin’s trade deadline pickups to stick in Montreal.
Previously, the Canadiens signed d-man Jeff Petry — acquired from Edmonton at the deadline — to a six-year, $33 million extension. Torrey Mitchell — who, like Flynn also came over from Buffalo — agreed to a new contract shortly after Petry, inking for $3.6 million over three years.
With those three now locked in and P.A. Parenteau bought out of his contract, Bergevin can focus on other tasks at hand — specifically, new deals for RFA forward Alex Galchenyuk and blueliner Jarred Tinordi.
Christian Thomas, a winger that’s spent most of his time in AHL Hamilton, also needs a new deal.
The Montreal Canadiens could get veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar and veteran forward P.A. Parenteau back in the lineup Saturday, according to multiple reports.
On Friday, the Habs sent blue liner Jarred Tinordi and forward Christian Thomas to the Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL. Those transactions appear to be paving the way for Gonchar and Parenteau to get back in game action, with the Habs hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday.
Gonchar hasn’t played since Feb. 14, when he was slammed from behind into the boards by former Maple Leafs forward David Clarkson. Of course, Clarkson was traded to Columbus on Thursday.
Parenteau last played Jan. 15 and has been dealing with concussion issues.
The Montreal Canadiens assigned Darren Dietz and Christian Thomas to the Hamilton Bulldogs following their 4-2 loss to the Ottawa Senators Saturday night.
Thomas, the son of former NHLer Steve Thomas, had 11 goals and 27 points in 55 games with Hamilton last season. The 22-year-old was originally a second-round pick of the New York Rangers (40th overall in 2010). Thomas has appeared in three career NHL games with the Rangers and Canadiens where he’s been held without a point.
Dietz, 21, was originally a fifth round selection (138th overall in 2011) by the Canadiens. In 34 games with the Bulldogs last season the defenseman five assists to go along with 49 penalty minutes.