In this file photo, Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) makes a save as Philadelphia Flyers’ Sean Couturier (14) and Canadiens’ Ben Chiarot (8) battle during third period NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup first round playoff action in Toronto on Wednesday, August 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Canadiens sign goaltender Michael McNiven to one-year, two-way contract

McNiven has registered two shutouts

MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens have signed goaltender Michael McNiven to a one-year, two-way contract.

The contract is worth US$700,000 in the NHL and $75,000 in the American Hockey League.

The 23-year-old McNiven played three games with the AHL’s Laval Rocket in 2019-20, posting a 3-0-0 record, a 2.33 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.

The Winnipeg native also played 22 games in the ECHL with the Adirondack Thunder, Jacksonville Icemen and Norfolk Admirals, where he earned a 9-11-2 record.

McNiven, who grew up in Georgetown, Ont., has played 58 career games with the Rocket, posting a 20-31-4 record along with a 2.94 GAA and a .895 save percentage. He also has registered two shutouts.

The Canadiens signed McNiven to an entry-level contract in 2015.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2020.

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