The Montreal Canadiens have resigned forward Max Pacioretty to a 6-year contract extension. The deal was first announced by Chris Johnston (@reporterchris) and moments later, confirmed by James Mirtle (@mirtle).
TSN's Bob McKenzie (TSNBobMcKenzie) then tweeted that the deal was worth $4,500,000 per season, bringing the total value of the deal to $27,000,000.
The 23-year old had a career year this past season, scoring 33 goals and adding 32 assists for 65 points in 79 games. He also finished the season with 56 penalty minutes and a +2 rating.
The New Canaan, CT native was already signed through this year, but was set to become a restricted free-agent at seasons end.
Instead of waiting to negotiate once the season ended, the Canadiens chose to lock-up Pacioretty for good.
Coming off a season in which he suffered a fractured 4th cervical vertebra and a severe concussion by the hands of Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara in a game on March 8th, 2011, Pacioretty made a surprising speedy recovery and started the season on time.
Catching the eyes of many around the entire league, Pacioretty recorded his best season ever in 2011-12 with Montreal.
He was awarded the 2012 Bill Masterton trophy which is given annually to the player who best demonstrates perseverance, determination and dedication to the game.
Drafted #22 overall in the 1st round of the 2007 NHL Draft by the very same Canadiens, Pacioretty has spent his entire 4 seasons in Montreal, collecting a total of 114 points in 202 games (53 goals, 61 assists). He is a career -7 and has collected 142 penalty minutes in those games as well.
With Pacioretty now locked up long-term, the Canadiens are hoping to secure a deal with RFA defenseman P.K. Subban.
The Canadiens currently have $6,302,024 in cap space under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement, meaning they can easily sign Subban to the type of deal he wants. With the CBA expiring September 15th however, Montreal is very hesitant to do so for they do not know what the new CBA will hold in store salary cap wise.
As it stands right now, no one knows for sure when the news of a new contract agreement between the two parties will happen. Not even Subban himself knows for sure.
"Maybe a lot of people were expecting me to have (the contract) done by now, but I know that it's a process," Subban stated. "When it's going to happen I'm not sure. I mean, it could happen next week; it could happen a couple of weeks from now. I just hope it gets done sooner than later. That's why I have my agent, Don Meehan. I have a lot of confidence in him. I don't think there is any doubt in anybody's mind that I want to be a Montreal Canadien, so hopefully it gets done soon."
We'll just have to wait to find out what Subban's new contract will be, but as it stands for right now, the Montreal Canadiens don't have to worry about Max Pacioretty becoming an RFA next year.
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