Tomas Fleischmann’s tryout with the Canadiens was a successful one as on Sunday morning, the team announced that they have inked the winger to a one year contract reportedly worth $750,000.
He suited up in four preseason games with the Habs, collecting a goal and two assists playing on the third line alongside David Desharnais and Dale Weise.
Last season, the 31 year old played in 66 regular season games split between Florida and Anaheim, collecting eight goals and nineteen assists along with twelve penalty minutes and a +12 rating. He also suited up in six of the Ducks’ sixteen postseason contests, collecting an assist while averaging 10:38 per game.
In his career, Fleischmann has played in 581 regular season games, picking up 123 goals and 187 assists with 168 PIMS and a -35 rating. On top of his time with the Panthers and Ducks last year, he has also spent time with Washington and Colorado after being a second round pick of Detroit in 2002.
Interestingly enough, the move may actually save Montreal cap space. It’s believed that Fleischmann will take the spot that Jacob de la Rose would have otherwise had and the young Swede makes $175,000 more than the veteran will.
Fleischmann is now the 51st player under contract to the Habs this season. However, Noah Juulsen, Daniel Audette, and Michael McNiven will all have their contracts slide while Nikita Scherbak and Brett Lernout will slide if they play under ten NHL games so the team still has 2-4 spots available under the 50 contract limit.