The Montreal Canadiens announced that forward Michael McCarron has signed a new contract.
Michael McCarron signed a contract equivalent to his two-way qualifying offer, which is $874,125 in the NHL and $70,000 in the AHL. That offer expired on July 15th, as per the CBA, but it was clear the two sides weren’t going to sign anything else that benefitted either party more (which is what caused the delay, most likely) so it was back to the initial offer.
This is the second professional contract for McCarron after his three-year entry-level contract expired at the end of last season. During the course of this contract he only played 69 games in the NHL, scoring two goals and adding six assists. He was more productive in the minors, playing 144 games in the American Hockey League scoring 31 goals and adding 50 assists.
In an interview with Eyes On The Prize last season, McCarron summarized the type of player he needed to be to carve out an NHL role for himself.
“You see a lot of guys in the NHL do it, third- and fourth-line players who are really hard to play against, and they still chip in 10 goals a year, so that’s what I am trying to get towards. That’s the kind of game I need to play right now to get into the NHL and stay there. I’m willing to do it.”
The 23-year-old was the final restricted free agent in the organization, and now he becomes the 48th contract on the books for the upcoming season. Even with a two-way contract, he will be waiver eligible this season and projected to start the year with the Laval Rocket should he clear.