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 Canadiens have agreed to terms on a one-year, one-way contract ($1.75 million) with goaltender Keith Kinkaid.#GoHabsGo
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) July 1, 2019
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.