Montreal Canadiens sign free agent goaltender Keith Kinkaid

Jul 1 2019, 5:31 pm

The Montreal Canadiens have found a reliable backup for Carey Price, signing 29-year-old goaltender Keith Kinkaid to a one-year free agent contract worth $1.75 million.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound goalie has been used like a No. 1 option in each of the last two seasons with the New Jersey Devils, as Cory Schneider battled injuries.

He helped lead the Devils to the playoffs in 2017-18, posting a .913 save percentage in 41 games. Last year, the Farmingville, New York native struggled, posting an .891 save percentage.

It’s been a busy couple of days for Habs GM Marc Bergevin, who loaded up on draft picks on Sunday.

Montreal traded Andrew Shaw and a 2021 seventh-round draft pick to the Chicago Blackhawks for second- and a seventh-round picks in 2020, as well as a third-rounder in 2021.

Bergevin also sent forward Nicolas Deslauriers to the Anaheim Ducks for a 2020 fourth-round pick.

Montreal also lost defenceman Jordie Benn, who signed a free agent contract with the Vancouver Canucks.

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