Flinn, Garon sign with Monarchs

The Manchester Monarchs, the primary affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, on Monday announced that right wing Ryan Flinn and goaltender Mathieu Garon have signed American Hockey League contracts for the 2004-05 season.

Flinn, 24, recorded eight points (3g, 5a) and 164 penalty minutes in 59 games with the Monarchs last season. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound native of Halifax, N.S., also collected four penalty minutes in six games during the Calder Cup 2004 Playoffs.

Originally selected by the New Jersey Devils in the fifth round (143rd overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Flinn has 13 points (5g, 8a) and 372 penalty minutes in 123 career AHL games – all with the Monarchs – over the last three seasons.

Garon, 26, had a record of 8-6-2, a goals against average of 2.27 and a save percentage of .921 in 19 games with the Montreal Canadiens last season. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound native of Chandler, Que., originally selected by the Canadiens in the second round (44th overall) in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft, appeared in eight games for Montreal during the 2002-03 season, posting a record of 3-5-0.

Garon also ranked among the very best stoppers in the AHL in 2002-03 while posting a record of 15-2-2, a 1.77 GAA, a .937 save percentage and four shutouts in 20 games with the Hamilton Bulldogs. Garon has a record of 83-80-20 and 12 shutouts in 194 career AHL appearances with Hamilton, Quebec and Fredricton.