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Montreal Canadiens sign Riley Barber to a one-year deal

Some cheap depth is on the way this July 1.

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With the Montreal Canadiens mostly quiet so far on July 1, they made a solid move to improve their AHL depth and add an NHL-ready call-up in the form of Riley Barber.

Barber was originally a sixth-round pick in 2012 of the Washington Capitals, and put together a successful career at the NCAA level. He’s spent all but three games of his professional career at the AHL level where he continues to be an offensive producer of the highest calibre.


While the fourth line is an open battle this year, his two-way contract seems to hint that Barber will be taking over the role formerly occupied by Kenny Agostino last year: the veteran forward of the Laval Rocket. The cost is almost league minimum, and for the quality he provides at the AHL level this is a smart play by Marc Bergevin, and gives his new prospects a solid winger to ease their transition to the professional ranks.