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Canadiens agree to terms with Tomas Plekanec

Longtime Hab rejoins organization on a one-year deal

by Dan Braverman @CanadiensMTL /

BROSSARD - The Canadiens announced on Sunday that they have agreed to terms with free-agent centerman and longtime Hab Tomas Plekanec on a one-year contract for the 2018-19 season worth $2.25 million. The deal contains performance bonuses valued at an additional $1.25 million.

Plekanec registered 26 points last season (6G, 20A) in 77 games with the Habs and Maple Leafs, and had a 53.3% success rate in the faceoff dot.

A veteran of 981 contests in a Canadiens uniform, Plekanec was dealt to the Toronto Maple Leafs ahead of the 2018 trade deadline in the deal that brought Rinat Valiev to Montreal.

He is just two games shy of reaching his 1,000th career game in the NHL ranks, and his 605 points with Montreal rank him 13th all-time in team history. He ranks 18th on the team in goals with 232, and 13th in assists with 373.

Plekanec was the Canadiens' third-round selection (71st overall) in 2001.

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