Criticism of the Montreal Canadiens regarding its use and development, Michael McNiven leaves for other lands. He was traded to the Calagry Flames for « future considerations » on Wednesday.
The Manitoban got his first National League minutes this season when he relieved Cayden Primeau against the Minnesota Wild on January 24. He gave up three goals on seven shots in a stinging 8-2 loss.
Never drafted, McNiven signed his first professional contract with the CH on September 24, 2015. Two years later, he won the trophy for the best goalkeeper in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL) at the end of the 2016-2017 season. with the Owen Sound Attack.
He was never able to continue his progression in five professional seasons, however, and a public outing against Laval Rocket head coach Jean-François Houle and the Canadiens in October certainly didn’t help. his fate. He then blamed the pilot for having left him in a match despite the fact that he had asked to be removed and the CH for having awarded the role of goalkeeper number 1 of the Rocket to Primeau without taking performance into account.
However, McNiven has not shone in the American League this season. He is 4-4-1 with a 4.04 goals-against average and .869 save percentage. Since Kevin Poulin is doing very well in Laval, McNiven thus became the organization’s seventh goalkeeper.
Houle certainly hit the final nail in McNiven’s fate on Monday when he declared that the latter was going to « take his hole » while Primeau and Poulin were his trusted men « on merit ».
In Calgary, McNiven joins Jacob Markstrom, Daniel Vladar, Tyler Parsons, Dustin Wolf and Adam Werner who all have current contracts.