Canadiens Sign Phil Varone To A One-Year, Two-Way Contract

Phil Varone

Habs bring in depth with the signing of Phil Varone. (JustSports Photography)

On July 3rd, the Canadiens signed forward Phil Varone to a one-year, two-way contract ($700,000 NHL and $450,000 AHL).

Varone was drafted in the fifth round by the San Jose Sharks in 2009. The forward played in the OHL in 2010-11 and was not signed by the Sharks following that season.

As a free agent, he attended the Buffalo Sabres’ training camp in 2011, but wasn’t able to make the team. He spent that year under contract with the Sabres’ farm team and lead the Rochester Americans with 11 goals and 41 assists.

In 2012, the Sabres signed him to a three-year entry level contract. In 42 games with Buffalo, he scored 5 goals and tallied 4 assists.

In February 2016, Varone was traded to the Ottawa Senators, in a 7-player transaction and during the 2016-17 season, he would go back and forth between the Senators and their farm team, the Binghamton Senators. He was the farm team’s alternate captain and tallied 36 goals and 51 assists in 65 regular-season games. He was held scoreless in 7 playoff games that season.

Will Varone make the 4th line or play in Laval? (Photo: JustSports Photography)

As a free agent in 2017, he signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Philadelphia Flyers. During that season, he played 74 games with their AHL team, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, and scored 23 goals and tallied 47 assists which earned him the title of Most Valuable Player in the AHL.

Last season, Varone played 47 games with the Philadelphia Flyers. He scored 3 goals and had 4 assists.

As he’s gone back and forth between the NHL and the AHL, will he earn a spot on the Habs roster or will he start the season with the Laval Rocket? Just like Riley Barber, he has a chance to crack the Habs fourth line. Only time will tell.

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