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Samuel Montembeault signed to a two-year extension by the Montreal Canadiens

The Canadiens are bringing back the stop-gap goaltender for 2022-23 and 2023-24.

NHL: APR 29 Panthers at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens have signed goaltender Samuel Montembeault to a two-year, one way, contract extension.

Montembeault was a waiver claim by Montreal ahead of the 2021-22 season, getting him from the Florida Panthers organization. With Carey Price’s injury and Cayden Primeau’s struggles at the NHL level, Montembeault ended up starting 30 games, by far the most of his NHL career.

From his time in the crease, he had an 8-18-6 record, a career-average .891 save percentage, and 0.09 goals saved above average per 60 minutes of five-on-five time.

Price’s status is once again up in the air this year, and we’ve been hearing reports of teams being interested in acquiring Jake Allen. The move to sign Montembeault ensures that the Canadiens will have at least one goaltender to play in the NHL next season, and should Allen remain, they can let Primeau build the confidence he gained from the AHL playoffs during another season with the Laval Rocket.

EDIT: Per Marc-Antoine Godin of The Athletic, the deal is worth one million dollars per year.