Folin agreed to a one-year, one-way contract extension with the Canadiens on Thursday. Acquired in a four-player deal from Philadelphia in February, Folin has fit in well with Montreal, as he collected 65 hits to go along with 19 blocked shots and four points through 19 games in his new digs. He's never going to be an offensive dynamo, but every team needs those rugged stay-at-home types to provide the mortar to a goalie's wall in the cage -- for the Habs, that's Folin.
Folin had an even-strength assist and four shots in Tuesday's 8-1 win over the Red Wings. Folin was able to move his point total up to an underwhelming three in 27 games this campaign. The 28-year-old has been a force on the defensive side, however, racking up 63 hits and 61 blocks. With scarce power-play time and low point totals, the defenseman is better left on the waiver wire.
Folin was traded from the Flyers to the Canadiens -- along with Dale Weise -- for David Schlemko and Byron Froese on Saturday, Frank Seravalli of TSN.ca reports. This move should give the Canadiens some extra depth on the blue line, and there's hope that Folin can start playing more regularly. The Swede only drew into 26 of a possible 54 games for the Flyers, adding a pair of helpers along the way. Even with the move, we can't see Folin earning 20-plus minutes with the Habs, therefore he can be left on the virtual waiver wire.
Folin has been a healthy scratch each of the last two games, which were both victories for the Flyers. Philadelphia is on an eight-game winning streak, and while Folin has played in three of those contests, he has sat in the press box for the last two. Folin has gone long droughts without playing, and he has just two points -- both assists -- in 26 games this season. Only one of those assists have come in the last 24 contests. If he cracks the lineup again, Folin is only useful in the blocks and hits categories.
Folin has played six games this month, posting zero points and a minus-3 rating. The 27-year-old sat as a healthy scratch in 16 straight games from the end of November until New Year's Day, but he has received some playing time in January. However, he's been unable to take advantage of the opportunity, only posting statistics in the blocks and hits categories. Apparently the Flyers are turning elsewhere again, as Folin has been back in the press box the last two games. Don't be surprised if he doesn't play again for a while.
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