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The Montreal Canadiens have their goaltending locked up for the next few years, as young Charlie Lindgren has been signed to a three-year contract extension. Lindgren will be on a one-way deal through 2020-21 that pays him an average of $750K per season.

Lindgren made his first real run of NHL starts earlier this season when he stepped in during injuries to Carey Price and then-backup Al Montoya and acquitted himself well in his short sample. With a .929 save percentage in 11 NHL starts and a history of success at the collegiate and minor league levels (though this year has not gone as well), Lindgren looks ready to step into the backup role with the Canadiens next season. Antti Niemi, the current backup, is set to be an unrestricted free agent and is unlikely to be retained.

Signed out of St. Cloud State in 2016, Lindgren is now 24 and will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the extension. The almost minimum-level salary is a perfect complement to Price, who will start in on an eight-year, $84MM extension next season. With Price taking a $10.5MM cap hit, the Canadiens needed to save money at the backup goaltender position. If Lindgren can hold his own, this deal will be more than affordable.

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This article first appeared on Pro Hockey Rumors and was syndicated with permission.

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