MONTREAL -- David Desharnais
has probably never been happier to sit down for dinner with Mathieu Darche
After signing the first one-way contract of his career Monday night, it didn’t take long for Desharnais to be reminded of a little wager he had made with the Habs veterans earlier in the offseason. Upon hearing the news, Darche sent out a message on Twitter congratulating his young teammate, while also pointing out he was ready to cash in on the dinner that was coming his way.
“Mathieu and I were in the same boat when he signed his contract. Sometimes you’re just not sure if a deal is going to end up coming your way,” admitted Desharnais. “My friends and family, including Mathieu, were all telling me the opposite, and I was telling him the same thing. He bet me dinner that I was going to get signed, so needless to say that’s a dinner I’m going to be more than happy to buy him!”
Darche obviously wasn’t the only member of the Habs to pick up on the good news as Ryan White
, Benoit Pouliot and Scott Gomez
all took the time to congratulate Deharnais on his first one way contract with the team.
“It’s a big accomplishment for me to have made it all the way to the NHL and then to be able to sign a contract like this,” expressed the Habs’ No.58, who was ultimately never drafted into the league despite putting up two 100 point seasons in the juniors. “I’m so happy right now. I was really excited when I got the news yesterday, but I’m also aware that this is just the beginning. I’m going to be training ever harder than before and I have a lot of goals in mind, but for right now, I’m just very, very happy.”
“I was hoping to be able to sign a two-year contract and that’s how things ended up working out,” continued Desharnais who put up 22 points in 43 games with the Canadiens in 2010-11 after being called up from Hamilton on Dec. 31. “It’s the best contract I could have signed. Two-years gives you a bit of security. It’s lets you feel more at ease and comfortable with your position on the team and that was my goal.”
Desharnais’ road to the NHL wasn’t an easy one, and the 24-year-old forward was clearly ecstatic at the prospect of skating with the Canadiens for the next two seasons.
“I always said I knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” explained the Laurier-Station native. “When you finally make it, it really helps you to appreciate the journey all the more. I try to make sure I take the time to appreciate what I have ever day and every time I play.”
And as has always been the case for Desharnais, he has no intentions of resting on his laurels as he prepares to continue rehabbing his torn MCL in preparation for the upcoming season.
“I’ve been working out in the gym for about a month already, and I’m finally going to be getting back on the ice today,” said Desharnais. “Signing this contract has just made me hungry to work even harder so I can show up to camp in the best shape of my life.”Alexandre Harvey is a writer for canadiens.com. Translated by Justin Fragapane.SEE ALSOCanadiens sign David Desharnais to a two-year contract Contractual status of Habs players