MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Thursday the signing of forward Tomas Plekanec to a two-year contract (2007-08, 2008-09). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
"Tomas Plekanec proved to be one of our most consistent players last season. He established career highs in all categories and his defensive play was extremely efficient. He is young, dynamic and we strongly believe he is ready to take on more responsibilities with our Club, " said Bob Gainey.
In 2006-07, the 24-year old completed his second NHL season and ranked fourth on the team in scoring with 47 points (20 goals, 27 assists) in 81 games and served 36 penalty minutes. The Kladno, Czech Republic native posted the best plus/minus differential on the team (+10). He set career highs in games played (81), goals (20), assists (27), points (47) and powerplay goals (5).
Plekanec, 5-foot-10, 196 lbs, was named the Canadiens' Molson Cup Player of the Month for January. He posted an average of 15:58 minutes of ice-time per game, and was the runner-up for the Jacques Beauchamp Molson Trophy, awarded annually to the member of the Canadiens who played a dominant role during the regular season, without earning any particular honour (awarded Mark Streit in 2006-07).
Plekanec was the Canadiens' third round pick, 71st overall, in 2001.
The Canadiens also announced Thursday the signings of forward Cory Urquhart and free agent defenseman Marvin Degon to one-year contracts (2007-08).
Urquhart, 22, registered 17 points in 30 games with the Bulldogs last season (five goals, 12 asists). He also played in 43 games with the ECHL Cincinnati Cyclones, scoring 40 points (18 goals, 12 assists). Urquhart was the Canadiens' second round draft pick in 2003.
In 2006-07, the 24-year old Degon completed his second professional season with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack. He led the team's defensemen in scoring with 34 points in 71 games (eight goals, 26 assists). He was assessed 40 penalty minutes and scored five powerplay goals.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound defenseman from Worcester, Massachusetts, played four years with the University of Umass-Amherst Minutemen of the NCAA from 2002 to 2006, where he recorded 83 points (27 goals, 56 assists) and added 109 penalty minutes.