Alex Galchenyuk is the final piece of Marc Bergevin‘s summertime puzzle. After a month of negotiation Galchenyuk, along with his agent Pat Brisson, has agreed to a two year 5.6 million dollar contract.
Galchenyuk was a restricted free agent without arbitration rights. When he comes out of this contract in June of 2017 he will still be an RFA but with arbitration rights. P.K. Subban was in a similar situation before signing his lucrative contract last summer prior to his arbitration hearing.
The Canadiens now have all 23 roster positions signed and are 2.892 million dollars under the salary cap limit. That roster includes fourteen forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders.
In his main roster moves over the last month Bergevin signed unrestricted free agents Torrey Mitchell, Jeff Petry and Alexander Semin and traded for forward Zack Kassian; bought out the contract of P.A. Parenteau and, along with Galchenyuk, signed restricted free agents Greg Pateryn, Nathan Beaulieu and Michael Bournival.
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MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Thursday that the team has agreed to terms on a two-year contract with forward Alex Galchenyuk (2015-16 to 2016-17).
Galchenyuk, 21, played 80 games with the Canadiens in 2014-15. He set personal highs in goals (20), assists (26) and points (46). Three of his goals were tallied on the powerplay and scored one winning goal. The 6’01’’, 198-lbs forward maintained a +8 differential and was assessed 39 penalty minutes, while maintaining an average of 16:25 of ice time per game. Galchenyuk added four points (1 goal, 3 assists) and a +1 differential in 12 playoffs contests.
Since making his NHL debut in 2012, Galchenyuk has played 193 regular season games with the Canadiens. He has notched 104 points (42 goals, 62 assists), including six powerplay goals and five game-winning goals. He displays a +10 plus/minus differential and was assessed 85 penalty minutes. He has added 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 22 career playoff contests in the NHL.
Native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Galchenyuk was selected in the first round by the Canadiens, third overall, at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.