MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Wednesday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract (2019-20) with free agent forward Phil Varone. The deal will pay Varone $700,000 at the NHL level and $450,000 in the AHL.
The 5'10'', 193 lbs forward recorded seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) and eight penalty minutes in 47 games with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2018-19. Varone, 28, added 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists) in 22 contests with the AHL's Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
Varone registered 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) and 26 penalty minutes in 97 career regular-season games in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators and the Flyers. He has also recorded 396 points (123 goals, 373 assists) in 488 career AHL games with Rochester, Binghamton and Lehigh Valley. He was the recipient of the Les Cunningham Award as the AHL's Most Valuable Player in 2017-18.
Selected in the fifth round by the San Jose Sharks (147th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft, Varone collected 230 points (78-152-230) in 230 OHL games with Kitchener, London and Erie from 2006 to 2011.