At last season’s trade deadline Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin made three deals to bolster his team for their drive to the playoffs. All three of his acquisitions, defenceman Jeff Petry and forwards Torrey Mitchell and Brian Flynn have subsequently been signed to extended contracts.
Tuesday the Canadiens announced the signing Flynn to a two year contract. Flynn, who was eligible to become a restricted free agent, will earn 950 thousand dollars in each of the next two seasons. He earned $650,000 last season. A bottom end forward, he has 5 goals and 17 points in 63 regular season NHL games.
The Canadiens acquired Flynn from the Buffalo Sabres in return for a fifth round choice in the 2016 draft. It brings the Canadiens roster of signed players for the 2015-2016 season to twenty. From last year’s team, only Alex Galchenyuk remains unsigned. Galchenyuk is also an restricted free agent.
Also unsigned are minor league RFA forwards Michael Bournival and Christian Thomas plus defenceman Jarred Tinordi. Like Galchenyuk, each has been tendered a Canadiens qualifying offer.
In gaining what turned out to be three future roster players at last season’s deadline the Canadiens gave up a 2015 2nd and 4th rounder for Petry; a 7th round choice in 2016 plus minor leaguer Jack Nevins for Mitchell and that 5th round 2016 pick for Flynn.
News Release From Canadiens Communications
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Tuesday that the team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Brian Flynn (2015-16 and 2016-17).
“We’re very pleased to have reached an agreement with Brian. A fast, versatile and reliable player, Brian bought into the team’s philosophy from the very first day. He brings the right attitude to the dressing room day in and day out, and has a professional approach to the game. We are proud to have him among our group of forwards,” said general manager Marc Bergevin.
Flynn, 26, recorded 17 points (5 goals, 12 assists) in 63 regular season games with the Buffalo Sabres and the Canadiens in 2014-15, averaging 14:54 of ice time per game. He totaled 82 shots on goal and was assessed eight penalty minutes. The 6’1’’ and 180 lbs centre appeared in six playoff games with the Canadiens, recording three points (1 goal, 2 assists).
Since making his NHL debut back in 2012-13, Flynn has amassed 41 points (17 goals, 24 assists) in 168 NHL regular season games with Buffalo and Montreal. A former University of Maine Black Bear (ECAC and Hockey East), Flynn registered 156 points (69 goals, 87 assists) in 153 games in the collegiate ranks.
A native of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, Flynn was acquired by the Canadiens from the Sabres on March 2, 2015 in return for a fifth round pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.