Marc Bergevin has announced that the Montreal Canadiens have signed impending restricted free agent Brian Flynn to a two year contract, keeping the rugged forward they acquired at the trade deadline from the Buffalo Sabres.
Flynn had a disappointing regular season with Montreal, failing to notch even a single point in nine games, but came alive early in the playoffs with three points in six contests, and racking up scoring chances at a shockingly high rate.
A healthy scratch for half of the playoffs, Flynn isn't a world beater by any means, but the 6'1" forward seems to have a bit more offense to his game than previously expected, and doesn't seem to hurt the team defensively.
Flynn's new contract will pay him $950K each of the two years, which is a higher cap hit than his qualifying offer, but not a bad price to pay if he's expected to be a regular roster player. It is worthwhile to note that $950K is the exact salary figure that comes off the cap when a one-way contract is sent to the American Hockey League.
The Canadiens now have $6,641,667 in cap space to sign Alex Galchenyuk, Jarred Tinordi, Michael Bournival, and Christian Thomas.