It took right up until the deadline where qualifying offers expire but on Wednesday, the Habs did put pen to paper with Jarred Tinordi, signing him to a one year deal. He accepted his qualifying offer which will pay him $850,500 in the NHL and $67,500 in the AHL.
Last season was a tough one for the former first round pick. While Tinordi made the team out of training camp, he didn’t see much action early and was eventually sent down to the Hamilton Bulldogs. Unfortunately, he didn’t have the best of seasons down there either and wound up missing time due to injuries sustained in two separate fights, a concussion and a wrist injury, the latter of which ended his season and made him unavailable as a Black Ace for Montreal’s playoff run.
Overall, he suited up in just 13 games for the Canadiens last year, collecting two assists while averaging 12:04 of ice time. Meanwhile, with the Bulldogs, he collected a goal and six helpers in 44 games while playing on either the top or second pairing.
Although Tinordi signed a two-way deal, it may largely be irrelevant as the 23 year old has to clear waivers to make it to St. John’s for the coming season. Despite his struggles in the first few years of his career, that seems highly unlikely to happen. Instead, he likely slots in as a 7th or 8th defenceman on Montreal’s blueline, pending some sort of trade to potentially reduce the logjam.
The signing gives the Habs 46 players under contract. While that includes Noah Juulsen who almost assuredly won’t be in the NHL next year, it also doesn’t include RFA Alex Galchenyuk, who, to the surprise of no one, let his qualifying offer expire on Wednesday.