McNiven was assigned to the taxi squad Monday. Charlie Lindgren will replace McNiven as the Canadiens' taxi-squad goalie. The 23-year-old McNiven will continue his development in the AHL. He has yet to play an NHL game.
McNiven was promoted to Montreal's taxi squad Tuesday. Carey Price and Jake Allen are locked in as the Canadiens' top-two netminders, so don't expect to see McNiven between the pipes for Montreal anytime soon. The 23-year-old picked up a win while posting a 1.00 GAA and a .962 save percentage in his lone appearance with AHL Laval this season.
McNiven signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Canadiens on Wednesday. McNiven spent most of the 2019-20 campaign in the ECHL, posting an unsightly 4.16 GAA and .889 save percentage in eight appearances with the Norfolk Admirals, but he also drew into three contests with AHL Laval, registering a far more respectable 2.33 GAA and .919 save percentage over that span. The 23-year-old backstop will almost certainly spend the entirety of the 2020-21 season in the minors.
McNiven got hurt in Monday's practice session, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports. McNiven reportedly took a puck to the face from teammate Shea Weber. The netminder was never going to get into a game for the Habs during the play-in series, so his absence is unlikely to affect any fantasy players.
McNiven is with the Canadiens as part of the team's Return to Play roster, Eric Engels of Sportsnet.ca reports. McNiven spent the bulk of the 2019-20 campaign in the ECHL, where he posted a 9-11-2 record in 22 appearances for three different clubs. The 22-year-old netminder will almost certainly be a "practice only" goalie heading into the postseason, which means he'll have no value in playoff pools or DFS contests.
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