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Habs sign David Desharnais

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

MONTREAL -- Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Wednesday  the signing of forward David Desharnais to a two-year, two-way contract (2008-09 to 2009-10). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

This season, Desharnais registered 9 points (3 goals, 6 assists) and is a plus-2 through 11 games with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs. He participated in his first training camp with the Canadiens this season, and recorded two points in three preseason games (0-2-2).

In 2007-2008, his first full season as a pro, David Desharnais helped the Cincinnati Cyclones to their first ECHL championship. The centreman led the ECHL in points (9-24-33) and assists (24), finished second with 9 goals and posted a plus-11 rating in 22 playoff games.

During the regular season, the Quebec City native registered a league-leading 106 points in 68 games (29 goals, 77 assists) while posting a plus-38 rating. Desharnais, 22, was named ECHL Rookie of the Year and voted to the league’s All-Star Team in 2008.

From 2003 to 2007, Desharnais amassed 374 points (126 goals, 248 assists) in 262 regular-season games with the Chicoutimi Saguenéens in the QMJHL.

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