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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Felix Sandstrom would have something to prove next season

The NHL has not been kind to Felix Sandstrom over the past three seasons, and his days in the Philadelphia Flyers system could be over. He’s seen just 30 games and 26 starts with the big club, posting a 4-18-4 record, an 0.880 save percentage, and a 3.66 GAA, but his 2023-24 numbers more than indicate he’s destined for the AHL. 

He played in five games and started three of them, so this is admittedly a small sample size. But with an 0.823 save percentage, a 3.87 GAA, and two of those three starts labeled as ‘really bad,’ it should tell you everything. However, he has enjoyed some decent stints, as we saw in 2021-22 when his save percentage hit the 0.910 mark, and he actually saved 0.8 goals above expected at even strength, so it’s not like he can’t play in the NHL. 

Sandstrom had a bad year overall, so his numbers throughout 24 games with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms also haven’t been encouraging. But in 2022-23, he played in seven contests and enjoyed a stellar outing. Again, we’re looking at a small sample size, but Sandstrom has shown that he can play well at times, and following a bad year, he will have something to prove going into 2024-25.