Canadiens waive goalie Ben Scrivens after 15-game stint

​The Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday placed goalie Ben Scrivens on waivers and signed NCAA netminder Charlie Lindgren to a two-year, two-way contract.

Sign collegiate netminder Lindgren to 2-year deal

The Canadiens have waived goalie Ben Scrivens, who played only 15 games with the NHL team. Scrivens, 29, posted a 5-8-0 record, 3.07 goals-against average and .906 save percentage with Montreal, which is similar to his career totals of 2.96, .905. The Habs also signed NCAA netminder Charlie Lindgren of the St. Cloud State Huskies to a two-year, two-way contract. He will remain with the Canadiens for their final five regular-season contests. (Paul Sancya/Associated Press)

The Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday placed goalie Ben Scrivens on waivers and signed NCAAnetminder Charlie Lindgren to a two-year, two-way contract.

Scrivens, who didn't accompany the NHL team to Sunrise, Fla., in preparation for Thursday night's game against the Panthers, appeared in 15 games for Montreal, posting a 5-8-0 record, 3.07 goals-against average and .906 save percentage, near his career totals of 2.96, .905.

Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin acquired the 29-year-old from Edmonton in late December for forward Zack Kassian.

In 10 games earlier this season, Scrivens had a 3.47 GAA and .893 save percentage for the Oilers' American Hockey League affiliate in Bakersfield, Calif.

In 144 NHL regular-season contests, Scrivens has compiled a 47-64-17 mark with seven shutouts. He has never appeared in a playoff game.

College standout

Lindgren, 22, went 30-9-1 with St. Cloud State Huskies this season, leading the NCAA in wins (30) and saves (1,020) and tied with two others in shutouts with five.

The six-foot-two native of Lakeville, Minn., was second in the NCAA in minutes played (2,343), third in save percentage (.925) and fourth in goals-against average (2.13).

In 88 regular-season games with St. Cloud State over three seasons, Lindgren sported a 51-29-2 record, 2.21 GAA and .921 save percentage.

In a news release, Bergevin stated Lindgren would complete the season with the Canadiens.

"Lindgren was, in our mind, the best free-agent goaltender available coming out of the U.S. college level," Bergevin said Wednesday. "Lindgren is a top goaltender coming out of college and becomes an excellent prospect for our organization, bringing some depth at this position."

With files from The Canadian Press

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