When the calendar flipped to September, Tomas Fleischmann didn't have a contract with an NHL team, but he did have the confidence that he was talented enough to earn one.
So the veteran who had played with the Capitals, Avalanche, Panthers and Ducks in his 10 seasons endured a waiting game, and just before training camps opened for the 2015-16 campaign, Fleischmann signed a tryout agreement with the Canadiens.
"I knew I still could play in this league," Fleischmann said. "I was just happy I got an opportunity. It's the best league in the world, so that's where I want to be."
Fleischmann won a job in camp and started hot for a Canadiens team that had...