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.