Canadiens Ink Riley Barber

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The Canadiens have announced that they have signed forward Riley Barber to a one-year, two-way deal ($700,000 NHL and $300,000 AHL – guaranteed salary $400,000).

Barber was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 6th round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. While n the Capitals’ organization, Barber suited up for 237 regular season games in Hershey; tallying 90 goals and 90 assists over four seasons. Furthermore, he played in 38 playoff games, recording 15 points. Barber barely got a cup of coffee at the NHL level as Washington only dressed him for 3 games. He did not register any points.

The Canadiens are bringing in a player with leadership, as he was once the captain of Team USA’s WJC team back in 2014. Additionally, Barber has a scoring touch at the AHL level (31 goals last season) and great playmaking ability. The former standout at Miami will likely start the upcoming season down with the Laval Rocket, but could see a call up with the Canadiens at some point depending on the health of the team.

Barber wanted to move on from the Washington Capitals as he felt he didn’t get a shot with the team. It’s unclear what the fourth line will look like just yet for Montreal and Barber will have to make the most out of his opportunity to pencil his name in. If we have learned anything from the past, through players like Kenny Agostino, you can certainly fight your way into the mix.

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