Christian Folin has been the eighth defenceman on Montreal’s back end for most of the season and the Habs are giving him a chance to play in Laval after he cleared waivers on Monday.
The 28-year-old has played in just five games with the Canadiens this season, largely in part due to the emergence of Cale Fleury as someone that the coaching staff has confidence in using on a nightly basis. His last NHL action came more than two months ago back on October 19th and since then, his only playing time came last month during a seven-game conditioning stint with Laval.
Despite a cheap price tag of $800,000, he didn’t garner any interest in the wire. That’s likely due to his limited playing time overall with just a dozen games played on the season. He’ll get a chance now to rebuild some value and considering Montreal’s thin depth on the right side, it’s certainly possible that he’ll be back up with the Canadiens at some point. In the meantime, his entire cap hit will come off their books.