The 20-year-old defenceman and the Canadiens continue to sort out immigration issues and other final details, according to Engels.
Late Sunday, the Canadiens announced that Romanov will be part of the team’s Phase 3 training camp roster and join them from Russia.
Romanov was a 2018 second-round pick by the Canadiens in 2018. The defenceman has spent the past two seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League, registering 11 points in 86 games.
While the deal is for this season, Romanov cannot join the Canadiens for Phase 4 of the league’s return-to-play plan, which starts with their play-in matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Romanov would, however, be allowed to travel with Montreal to its hub city, which is Toronto. Starting at noon on Monday, the Canadiens have a 53-hour window to sign Romanov if they so choose.
For now, Romanov is still in Russia and will have to observe a quarantine period before joining in training camp. The Canadiens’ camp runs from July 13-25.
On Aug. 1, Montreal will begin its play-in series with Pittsburgh.