1 shaw ivThat didn’t take long.

The Canadiens have signed newcomer Andrew Shaw to a six year contract at 3.9 million dollars a season. Shaw, who came to the team from Chicago for two second round draft choices on Friday, was a restricted free agent.  In return for a contract that will secure Shaw through to July first 2021, the contract will not include any ‘no-movement’ or ‘no-trade’ restrictions.  Shaw is coming off a 2-year four million dollar contract.

Shaw becomes the third highest paid forward on the Canadiens behind Tomas Plekanec (6.0 million) and Max Pacioretty (4.5m).   His aggressiveness is often compared to Brendan Gallagher who will just 150 thousand less than Shaw.

It was rumoured in Chicago that Shaw had been looking for a multi-year annual contract upwards of 4.5 million dollars which forced the cap-strapped Blackhawks to make the deal for him at the draft Friday.

According to generalfanager.com the Canadiens now have 20 players from their main 23 player roster under contract and have 8.662 million dollars in salary cap space. Included in the 20 player group is left wing Stefan Matteau who’s chances of making the Canadiens out of training camp are considered by most to be very slim.   Yet to be signed are forwards Phillip Danault and Daniel Carr, both of whom were, along with Shaw, extended technical offer-sheets by the Canadiens earlier Monday.

While Shaw, Danault and Carr were given offer sheets, the Canadiens decided to part company with three other RFA’s – forwards Lucas Lessio and Michael Bournival plus defenseman Darren Dietz.

Shaw scored 14 goals and 34 points in 78 Chicago games last season and had four goals, 2 assists in six playoff games. His best NHL season was two years ago when he scored 20 and added 19 assists. He has played on two Stanley Cup winning teams.

Including Shaw’s contract, the Canadiens top four forwards take up 18.15 milllion dollars cap space while the top four defensemen (Subban, Markov, Petry & Emelin) command a total of 24.3 million.