To prepare for the 2020-21 NHL season, teams are allowed to bring a roster of 36 skaters and an unlimited number of goaltenders to training camp, which, for the 24 teams that made it to the post-season, begins on January 3.
By the end of camp (the season is slated to start on January 13), the number will need to be whittled down to the typical 23, compliant with the $81.5 million salary cap. However, all teams will also have a “taxi squad” with a minimum of four players and a maximum of six that travels with the team. Moving players to and from the taxi squad is the same as transferring to and from the AHL, with waivers and salaries following those familiar rules.
There are all of the players (42 in total) whom the Canadiens have invited to training camp:
Seven players on NHL contracts, plus Rafaël Harvey-Pinard (AHL contract) were not invited, and most will wait until the AHL’s training camp begins in January to get their on-ice training under way. None of those players will require waivers. Only Kevin Lynch was invited to camp with an AHL contract.
Hayden Verbeek (on loan in Slovakia)
Jesse Ylönen (on loan in Finland)