Montreal Canadiens goaltender Mike Condon was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
PIT claims Condon— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) October 11, 2016
Condon will back up Marc-Andre Fleury as they deal with the injury to Matt Murray which was suffered at the World Cup of Hockey.
Condon was expected to be cut from the NHL team’s Opening Night roster as soon as they signed veteran goaltender Al Montoya on July 1. In pre-season action, Condon didn’t do enough to change the organization’s mind.
Condon won the backup job last preseason, by beating out incumbent Dustin Tokarski.
In the regular season, he played very well through the team’s first month of the season in limited action (he had a .947 save percentage through his first two career starts), but was exposed after he was thrust into the starting job with the injury to Carey Price.
He started the season 5-2-2 in Price’s initial absence but when Price got re-injured, he could not keep up with the pace and his numbers dropped after November.
His 55 games was the most by a Habs rookie goaltender since Ken Dryden’s 64 in 1971-72. He had a 21-25-6 record, 2.71 goals against average and .903 save percentage. He also played five games for the United States at the 2015 World Hockey Championships.