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Alex Galchenyuk agrees to three-year contract with Canadiens

Forward reportedly will receive $4.9 million per season

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Forward Alex Galchenyuk agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but Sportsnet reported it has an average annual value of $4.9 million (total value of $14.7 million).

"Honestly, I don't think about contract stuff too much. I focus on what I have to do on the ice and I let my agent take care of the contract part," Galchenyuk told the Canadiens website in June. "I'm going to get some rest, refresh, and keep working hard for next year.

"I love this team, I love this city, I love the fans, I love everything about Montreal. It's an exciting place to play."

Galchenyuk, a 23-year-old restricted free agent, had 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists) in 61 games last season, when he missed six weeks with a knee injury.

"It was a tough thing to deal with, but it's part of the game," he said. "You can't really find many players who go through a season with no injuries. Everyone hopes for it and wishes for it, but it doesn't really work like that. Injuries are a part of the game. It's unfortunate, but it is what it is and you have to deal with it."

Galchenyuk had six game-winning goals, including a NHL-high five in overtime. He also had three assists in six Stanley Cup Playoff games. Montreal was eliminated by the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference First Round.

The agreement came one day after forward Alexander Radulov left the Canadiens as a free agent, signing with the Dallas Stars for six years, $31.25 million ($6.25 million annually), and after Galchenyuk filed for arbitration.

The Canadiens this offseason traded for forward Jonathan Drouin and signed him to a six-year contract reportedly worth $33 million; signed free agent defenseman Karl Alzner to a five-year, $23.1 million contract; and gave goalie Carey Price an eight-year, $84 million contract extension.

Selected by the Canadiens with the No. 3 pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, Galchenyuk has 204 points (89 goals, 115 assists) in 336 games and 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 28 playoff games.

"I'm going to prepare as well as I can for next year," he said. "You always have to have the same mindset. I try to work on some new things every summer, and it sounds cliche, but I always want to get bigger, stronger, and faster."

Tweet from @reporterchris: Alex Galchenyuk's three-year extension with the #habs carries a $4.9M AAV. He'll be an unrestricted free agent when it expires.

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