Chipchura, Montreal's first-round pick in the 2004 Entry Draft, No. 18, had appeared in 19 games for the Canadiens this season and was pointless. He had 16 penalty minutes and was minus-10.
He debuted with the Canadiens in 2007-08, scoring 4 goals and 7 assists in 36 games. In 2008-09, Chipchura had 3 assists in 13 games. His best pro season came in 2006-07 when Chipchura scored 12 goals and 27 assists for the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. In the Calder Cup playoffs, Chipchura added an additional 6 goals and 7 assists in 22 games.
Hopefully [Jonathan] has a year that pushes us, that is the organization, to speak to him next summer and looking for [a long-term contract]. Because the thought process is trying to get a goaltender, and hopefully it's Jonathan, to be the stabilizer for this franchise.
— Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello on goaltender Jonathan Bernier