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Canadiens re-sign Diaz to two-year contract

Friday, 07.13.2012 / 1:54 PM
NHL Free Agency 2012 blog

The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed Swiss defenseman Raphael Diaz to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Diaz, 26, completed his first season with the Canadiens in the NHL in 2011-12, scoring three goals and 13 assists for 16 points in 59 games, along with 30 penalty minutes, averaging 18 minutes of ice time per game. Diaz blocked 102 shots, ranking third among rookie defensemen in the NHL. He missed the team’s last 16 games of the season due to a season-ending groin injury.

A native of Baar, Switzerland, Diaz was part of the All-Rookie Team at NHL All-Star Weekend.

He first signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on May 13, 2011.

I've been getting frustrated lately, and the only thing keeping me sane was the team winning and other people stepping up and scoring. Then you just kind of let it go and realize you can end the series with one shot, that frustration goes away for a brief moment, and that's what happened.

— Montreal forward Max Pacioretty after scoring the series-winner in Game 4 -- his first career playoff goal -- to eliminate the Lightning and send the Canadiens into the second round