Condon Doesn’t Clear Waivers; He’s Off to Pittsburgh

Condon at the Winter Classic (Photo: Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports Images)

Condon at the Winter Classic (Photo: Greg M. Cooper, USA TODAY Sports Images)

With the waiver claim announcements trickling in, Mike Condon’s name came up with his new destination. He is no longer a Montreal Canadien. He’s off to Pittsburgh to join the 2015-16 Stanley Cup Champions.

Go back to around this time last year, Mike Condon just beat out Dustin Tokarski for the role behind Carey Price to start the season. Everything looked great. The rookie would get into a handful of games, learn the trade in the best league in the world behind the best goaltender in the world and continue to grow. Condon came out on fire at the beginning of his run but was not able to hold it all together once Montreal’s wheels were coming off on the year. This clearly signalled to management that perhaps another capable NHL goaltender to battle for the backup position should be in the cards and the Habs did just that. They signed Al Montoya when free agency opened on July 1st and he won the job through camp.

So, here we are. Habs management, particularly Waite and Therrien hoped that Condon would get that chance somewhere else because he deserved to, but selfishly wanted to keep him in the system. They’re down to 4 goaltenders with Price, Montoya, Lindgren and Fucale now, with Fucale probably breathing the easiest with lesser competition for a role with the IceCaps. However, with Waite’s comments about the importance of having 3 goaltenders with NHL experience in the fold, you wonder if Marc Bergevin tries to bring in another puck stopper.

CondonThe Montreal Canadiens signed Mike Condon to his first professional contract on May 8th, 2013. It was a two-year deal.

Condon spent all of his first season in the organization (aside from 3 games) with Montreal’s former ECHL affiliate, the Wheeling Nailers, posting a .931 save percentage and a GAA of 2.18 in the regular season. The following year, he was up in the AHL with the Hamilton Bulldogs.

The Canadiens extended Condon on February 5th, 2015 on a two-year contract.

Even though the 2015-16 campaign was tough on the Habs and Condon, the rookie goaltender not only suited up for the Winter Classic (and destroyed the Boston Bruins) but was also invited to the 2016 World Championships to represent the United States. He participated in 5 games, with a big 6-3 win in the second game of the tournament over Belarus in his first start.

Good luck to Mike Condon with the Pittsburgh Penguins. With Matt Murray out, he slots in behind Marc-Andre Fleury for the time being.

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