The Montreal Canadiens announced Wednesday that the team has agreed to terms on a two-year contact with free agent goaltender Charlie Lindgren. Lindgren recently completed his third season with the St. Cloud State Huskies, where he posted a 51-29-3 record with 8 shutouts. Lindgren also recorded a 2.21 GAA and a .921 save percentage in his career.
Lindgren had a career year in 2015-16, as he posted a 30-9-1 record with a 2.13 GAA. He ranked first in the NCHC in wins, saves, and shutouts (tied with Cam Johnson from North Dakota and Kasimir Kaskisuo from Minnesota-Duluth). He also ranked fourth in the nation in minutes played with 2,342.
Lindgren’s 51 career wins ranks third in team history, and his 2.21 goals against average ranks first all-time. He also finished second in shutouts, behind Scott Meyer, who recorded 9 shutouts from 1999-2001.
Lindgren received All-NCHC First Team honors this year, along with being selected as the NCHC Goaltender of the Year for the 2015-16 season. He is also a finalist for this year’s Mike Richter Award, which is awarded to the nation’s best Division I goaltender.
The team made it to the NCAA tournament each year Lindgren was in net, and also won the NCHC Frozen Faceoff crown this year.
Lindgren hails from Lakeville, where he played for the Lakeville North Panthers before playing for the Sioux Falls Stampede in the United States Hockey League from 2011-13.
Lindgren will see immediate action on the Canadiens, as injuries have plagued their goaltender situation. They have put backup goalie Ben Scrivens on waivers, and Lindgren will join the team immediately. Lindgren will make his first NHL appearance as he backs up first string goalie Mike Condon Thursday night versus the Tampa Bay Lightning. He will wear number 35, the same number he wore for the Huskies.