Montreal Canadiens Sign Ryan Poehling

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The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Ryan Poehling to a two-year contract extension. The deal is a two-way contract in the first year, which will see Poehling earn $750,000 at the NHL level and $225,000 at the AHL level. The second year of the deal is a one-way NHL contract which is worth $750,000. The 22-year-old centre will re-join the Canadiens organization for his third season with the franchise.

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Canadiens Sign Ryan Poehling

The former 25th overall pick in the 2017 NHL draft, Poehling has split his career playing for both the Montreal Canadiens and their AHL affiliate team, the Laval Rocket. Last season, Poehling produced some of his best stats playing for the Rocket, as he had 25 points in 28 games. Unfortunately Poehling suffered a season ending injury that kept him out of a number of games.
The Minnesota native has played 28 games with the Canadiens, with four goals and one assist during his tenure in the NHL. Poehling had quite the NHL debut in 2018, scoring three goals and the shootout winner in a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, however has not been able to really contribute at the NHL level since. Despite his inconsistent play, he has shown flashes at times of the play that made him such a highly touted prospect.
Poehling’s two-year deal will keep his status as a restricted free agent after the contract expires. This gives him a chance to prove himself before signing a long-term deal. It also gives the Canadiens more time to asses Poehling’s potential and his future within the organization before they commit to him.

What To Expect

The re-signing of Ryan Poehling to an inexpensive two-year deal adds some depth to the Canadiens’ roster as they prepare to re-enter a tough Atlantic division this season. The Canadiens will need all the depth that they can get as they will likely be fighting for a wild card spot in next years playoffs. While Poehling likely won’t be on the teams opening night lineup, he will be an intriguing depth option for the Canadiens as the season progresses, and he will continue to develop playing for the Laval Rockets.

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