5 insurance policy goaltenders the Canadiens can add this offseason

The Montreal Canadiens have a pair of goaltenders who could fuse a solid tandem in 2024-25, but they should still consider signing a No. 3 netminder.
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Malcolm Subban should still be a top AHL-caliber goaltender

If Kent Hughes wants to target a more experienced free agent goaltender, Malcolm Subban would be an outstanding candidate. He’s played in 87 NHL games and started 78 of them, and there have been times when he put up solid numbers. 

Subban saw one game of action with the big club this season when the Columbus Blue Jackets played him late in the year. He couldn’t get the win, but Subban still logged a 0.914 save percentage and allowed three goals on 35 shots, showing he could still be a sound presence at the NHL level if needed. 

Like Comrie, Subban would also be perfectly fine with floating between the AHL and the NHL, something he’s been doing for a good portion of his career. Subban was also the top goaltender in Rochester back in 2022-23, and he recorded a solid 0.903 save percentage, a 2.94 GAA, and a pair of shutouts before further picking up his game in the playoffs. 

Subban also saw 31 starts in the AHL with the Springfield Thunderbirds this season, where he posted similar numbers to what he’d seen in Rochester. He also saw four starts for the Cleveland Monsters following his trade to Columbus, though he didn’t put up the same performances, finishing 0-3-0 with a 4.56 GAA.