Dwight King and Brian Flynn will not return next season

Neither player will receive a new contract from the Habs

Marc Bergevin announced today at his press conference that unrestricted free agent forwards Dwight King and Brian Flynn will not be returning with the team for next season.

Brian Flynn was acquired at the trade deadline in March 2015 from the Buffalo Sabres for a fifth-round pick in 2016. He played 116 games with the Canadiens over three seasons, scoring ten goals and adding ten assists. He also took part in seven playoff games. He joined the team at the same time as Torrey Mitchell, and was a useful utility player for the Canadiens, but never managed to cement his spot in the lineup on a permanent basis. He was also hampered with a injury this season that kept him out for a significant period of time. There was talk recently about him returning with the Canadiens, but the signing of Andreas Martinsen pretty much filled the utility forward spot, sealing Flynn’s fate.

Dwight King was acquired from the Los Angeles Kings this past March for a fourth-round pick in the 2018 draft. He played 17 games in the regular season scoring one goal. He played in all six Canadiens playoff games registering no contribution. His tenure was generally viewed as a disappointment given the hype of a Stanley Cup winner. The fourth-round pick would have turned into a third-round pick had he re-signed with the Canadiens.

Alex Radulov and Andrei Markov remain as the final two high profile unrestricted free agents that the Canadiens may try to re-sign for next season.

Bergevin also confirmed earlier reports that Nikita Nesterov would not be offered a new contract.

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