Montreal Canadiens Sign Tomas Plekanec To Six-Year Contract

June 23rd, 2010 by Scott Weldon Leave a reply »
The Canadian Press reported yesterday that Tomas Plekanec will be an unrestricted free agent July 1, 2010. Plekanec signed a six year $30 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

The diminutive second line center joins Mike Cammalleri (four years left at $6 million a year), Scott Gomez (four years left at $7.3 million a year), and Brian Gionta (four years at $5 million a year) to be the core of Montreal's front line offense for the next half decade or so.

The talented Plekanec had a great NHL season with 25 goals and 70 points. His signing makes the UFA market for offensive centers that much thinner.

Anyone desperate for a first line center to pump up their offense, who can't sign Patrick Marleau, will be forced to think about spending big money on Olli Jokinen, Saku Koivu, Matt Cullen, or Matthew Lombardi. There are very few other choices out there among the UFA centers.

Plekanec is a skilled offensive player and has been a very good hab his whole career. Unfortunately, this Montreal team, despite a great playoff run, has huge holes to fill especially on defense. They've now got $52 million dedicated to salary&nbs ...

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