Montreal’s second signing on Monday was one that’s likely going to help Laval as the Habs have inked winger Riley Barber to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal is worth $700,000 in the NHL, $300,000 in the AHL, and contains a total guaranteed salary of $400,000.
Barber has been a pretty good offensive threat at both the college and AHL levels but it has yet to translate into much of an opportunity as he has just three games of NHL experience back in 2016-17 with Washington, the team that drafted him back in 2012. As a result, he was eligible for Group VI unrestricted free agency.
The 25-year-old had a career year with AHL Hershey last season, scoring 31 goals and adding 29 assists in just 64 games. He also chipped in with six points (3-3-6) in nine postseason contests.
Assuming he makes it through waivers in training camp, Barber immediately becomes a front-line option for Laval. Even better, with only 240 career regular season games in the pros (AHL and NHL) under his belt, he doesn’t qualify as a veteran. With players like Dale Weise and Karl Alzner likely ticketed for the Rocket, this is particularly important.