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Armia agrees to one-year contract with Canadiens

Forward avoids arbitration after being acquired from Jets

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Joel Armia agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.85 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Friday.

The 25-year-old forward avoided a salary arbitration hearing that was scheduled for July 25. Armia was acquired from the Winnipeg Jets with goalie Steve Mason and a seventh-round pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in a trade for defenseman Simon Bourque on June 30.

Armia had NHL career highs in goals (12), assists (17) and points (29) in 79 games with the Jets last season. He scored two goals in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Armia was acquired by the Jets with defenseman Tyler Myers and forwards Drew Stafford and Brendan Lemieux, and a first-round pick from the Buffalo Sabres in a trade for forward Evander Kane, defenseman Zach Bogosian and goalie prospect Jason Kasdorf on Feb. 11, 2015.

The Sabres selected Armia in the first round (No. 16) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He has 58 points (26 goals, 32 assists) in 180 NHL games with the Sabres and Jets.

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