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Two More Years Of Flynn For The Habs
- Updated: June 30, 2015
It’s official. Brian Flynn has signed a two year, 1.9M deal with the Montreal Canadiens.
The 26 year old forward was traded by the Buffalo Sabres to the Habs on March 2nd in exchange for a 2016 fifth-round draft pick. During his 54 regular season games with the Sabres, Flynn grabbed 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) and in the six post-season games played with Montreal, Flynn picked up three points, one of them being the winning goal against the Ottawa Senators in Game One of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The re-signing of Flynn doesn’t add up considering the Canadiens’ bottom six is full and not enough young guns are getting the chance to have ice time, as well as the Habs missing out on more skilful depth and instead bringing in another grinder. However, Flynn does bring talent as a centre with an average of 62% in the face-off zone in nine games played and with the Habs seeking depth on the third and fourth line, Flynn fits in well with the recently signed Torrey Mitchell (who was also brought over from Buffalo) and Lars Eller. While he didn’t achieve much during the rest of the regular season with the Habs, Flynn made a difference in the playoffs and there’s no doubt that this grinder has the ability to become someone who makes a big difference during the 2015-16 regular season.
If there’s one thing the Canadiens need to do in order to generate offense (besides signing a natural scorer or two) is to roll four productive lines. With players like Flynn and Mitchell, it’s starting to show with the third and fourth lines. Keeping them on the team should be as much a priority as signing Jeff Petry.
And now, we still anxiously wait on Alex Galchenyuk and trust that Marc Bergevin will work his magic *insert praying hands emoji*.
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