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Habs sign Kostopoulos to two-year deal

by Staff Writer / Montréal Canadiens

Tom Kostopoulos (left) celebrates a goal with Kings teammate Mike Cammalleri.


MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Wednesday the signing of free agent forward Tom Kostopoulos to a two-year contract (2007-08 and 2008-09). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Kostopoulos, 28, spent the last two seasons in Los Angeles after signing as a free agent with the Kings in 2005. In 2006-07 he played in 76 games, notching seven goals and 15 assists for a total of 22 points, and was assessed 73 penalty minutes. Over the course of his NHL career with Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, he played 231 games recording 25 goals, 45 assists (70 points) along with 249 penalty minutes.

A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Kostopoulos played his junior hockey with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) earning 87 points, including 27 goals in his last season in 1998-99 before being drafted in the seventh round (204th overall) by the Penguins in 1999.  The 6-foot, 205 lb right winger spent five seasons with Pittsburgh's organization earning 26 points (10-16-26) in 79 games in Pittsburgh. He added a total of 246 points (97 goals, 149 assists) in 318 games with the Penguins' AHL farm team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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