With qualifying offers due on Monday, the Habs took care of one of their restricted free agents as they announced the re-signing of Corey Schueneman to a one-year, two-way contract.
The deal is worth $750,000 in the NHL, $275,000 in the minors, and has a total guarantee of $350,000. His qualifying offer was for more than that but he accepted the league minimum with the Habs in order to get a bigger pay in the minors, a move that will certainly help his chances of seeing NHL action next season.
Schueneman made his NHL debut last season, getting into 24 games with the Canadiens over a few separate stints with the team. He picked up six points in that stretch while logging 16:36 per game and held his own most nights. The 26-year-old also got into 32 regular season games with Laval, collecting 11 points and logged big minutes for them in the playoffs when they made it to the Eastern Conference Finals.
Schueneman will have to pass through waivers in the fall to make it back to the Rocket but depending on how things shake out with Montreal’s back end over the coming weeks, it’s also possible that he has a chance to break camp with the Habs, likely in a sixth or seventh role. Regardless of what happens, considering he was on a minor-league deal just two years ago, the undrafted Schueneman has done well for himself with this contract.