The Montreal Canadiens started 2012 by announcing Sunday the team had signed defenseman Josh Gorges to a six-year contract.
Terms of the deal were not released, but ESPN.com is reporting the annual average value is $3.9 million. The 27-year-old blueliner would have become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
In 39 games, this season, Gorges has 1 goal, 10 assists and a plus-6 rating.
In seven NHL seasons with the Sharks and Canadiens, Gorges has 10 goals, 69 points and a plus-18 rating in 403 games.