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.