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Dagenais signs one-year deal

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens
The Canadiens first-signed Dagenais as a free agent prior to the 2003-04 season.
MONTREAL - The Canadiens took one more step towards filling their roster in time for the 2005-06 season by signing winger Pierre Dagenais to a one-year deal on Monday. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Dagenais, 27, will be looking to build on a strong 2003-04 campaign that saw him notch a career-high 17 goals and 27 points in only 50 games. The Blainville native was the team's fourth-leading scorer and also chipped in with three game-winning goals.

During the lockout, the 6-foot-4, 217-pounder played in Switzerland where he had 10 points in seven regular season games for Ajoie before leading the team in playoff scoring with 14 points and seven goals in 10 postseason games.

A scoring sensation in the QMJHL, Dagenais led the league with 66 goals in 1997-98 with the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies where he played on a line with Mike Ribeiro.

Dagenais was signed as a free agent by Montreal on July 4, 2003 after splitting the early part of his NHL career between New Jersey and Florida. Dagenais was twice-drafted by the Devils first 47th overall in 1996 and then 105th overall in 1998. In 110 career NHL games with New Jersey, Florida and Montreal, Dagenais has 46 points and 30 goals.

Manny Almela is a writer for

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