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Plekanec agrees to one-year contract with Canadiens

Center gets $2.25 million from Montreal @NHLdotcom

Tomas Plekanec agreed to a one-year, $2.25 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday.


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The 35-year-old center had 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) in 77 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Canadiens last season, including two assists in 17 games after he was traded to Toronto on Feb. 25. He had four points (two goals, two assists) in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.

"It was my priority. I wanted to come back, as I said, and I'm happy that it happened," Plekanec said. "There's a lot of young guys, a lot of talent on this team. After last year, they'll be much better. The experience they got last year, you know, the year that we've had, they've already become much better players because of that, and I believe that this thing can be turned around quicker and we'll be back in the playoffs."

Selected by Montreal in the third round (No. 71) in the 2001 NHL Draft, Plekanec has 607 points (232 goals, 375 assists) in 998 NHL games with the Maple Leafs and Canadiens, and 53 points (18 goals, 35 assists) in 94 playoff games.

"We're bringing back a player we know very well. He wanted to play in Montreal. ... He's a good pro," Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said. "He's very well-respected by his teammates."

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