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Canadiens sign Travis Moen to a four-year contract

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced friday the signing of forward Travis Moen to a four-year contract (2012-13 to 2015-16). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“Travis brings tremendous leadership to our club, and is very appreciated from his teammates. He expressed his desire to remain with the Canadiens organization and we are very happy to have come to an agreement with him before July 1st. He has a lot of experience and brings a physical presence to our group of forwards,” said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.

Moen, 30, completed his eighth season in the NHL in 2011-12, his third with the Canadiens. In 48 games, the left winger notched 16 points (9 goals, 7 assists). One of his goals was scored on the penalty kill. Moen registered 45 shots on goal, 75 hits and served 41 penalty minutes, while averaging 15:42 seconds of ice time per game. Moen suffered a season-ending upper body injury on February 9 against the Islanders at Long Island.

“I would have been ready for the playoffs. I’m at 100%. I’ve been training full-time since the 1st of May,” said Moen, putting to rest any questions about his health. “It was great to not have been traded at the deadline. My family and I are looking forward to spending the next four years in Montreal.”

Since his debut in 2003-04, Moen has registered 107 points (52 goals, 55 assists) in 570 NHL regular-season games. The 6’2’’, 210 lbs forward has recorded 681 penalty minutes. Moen has scored one of his goals on the powerplay. He has accumulated 19 points (11 goals, 8 assists) in 68 career NHL playoff contests, winning the Stanley Cup in 2007 with the Anaheim Ducks. A native of Stewart Valley, Saskatchewan, Moen first signed with the Canadiens as a free agent on July 10, 2009.

“Testing the market can definitely be tempting and it’s something you only get to do a few times over the course of your career. But my family and I love it in Montreal. Our first goal was really to be able to stay here,” promised Moen. “We were looking for a four-year contract and we didn’t know if we’d find that with another team. When you have a great offer on the table, you have to take it.”

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