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Gorges inks three-year pact

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

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MONTREAL -- Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Wednesday the signing of defenseman Josh Gorges to a three-year contract (2008-09 to 2010-11). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“Josh established himself as a key member of our defensive squad last season. His reliability and solid play made him one of our most improved players. He is a young defenseman with a very good work ethic,’’ said Bob Gainey.

Gorges, 23, will begin his fourth season in the NHL this fall. In 2007-08, he set career highs in games played (62), points (0-9-9) and shots on goal (41). Gorges took part in the final 52 games of the season and played in all 12 playoff games.

A native of Kelowna, British Columbia, Gorges was acquired by the Canadiens from the San Jose Sharks on February 25, 2007 along with a first-round selection in 2007 (Max Pacioretty), in return for Craig Rivet and a fifth-round selection in 2008. He has played 165 career games in the NHL, scoring 19 points (one goal, 18 assists), and serving 89 penalty minutes.

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