With many of the impact free agents remaining available in a slow-developing market, the Habs have added a player for Laval, inking Brandon Baddock to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal pays $700,000 in the NHL and $110,000 in the AHL.
The theme of the offseason for the Canadiens has been adding size and toughness and this signing fits that bill. The 6’3 winger has yet to score more than six goals in an AHL season but has surpassed the 100 PIM mark each time. Last season, the 25-year-old had six goals and nine assists in 50 games with Binghamton while chipping in with 112 penalty minutes. Baddock has yet to play at the NHL level.
He became a Group VI unrestricted free agent by virtue of being 25 and having four professional seasons under his belt without enough NHL experience. Baddock will have to clear waivers in training camp to go to Laval but it’s safe to say that will happen. Laval will have some toughness up front whenever their season gets underway and that’s about all that needs to be said about this signing.