The Montreal Canadiens locked up key players Chris Higgins and Mike Komisarek to two-year contracts Friday.
Higgins, a 24-year-old forward, and Komisarek, a 25-year-old defenceman, are both former first-round draft picks andcoming off solid NHL campaigns.
Both will earn $1.5 million US next season and $1.9 million the year after.
"Christopher Higgins and Mike Komisarek are two of the young players we consider to be building blocks for the long-term success of our team," general manager Bob Gainey said in a statement.
Higgins posted 22 goals and 38 points in 61 games in his second NHL season, despite missing 18 games with an ankle injury.The six-foot, 202 pound native of Smithtown, N.Y., also had the third highest ice-time average among Habs forwards, logging 17:54 minutes per game.
Komisarek, a four-year NHL veteran, posted career highs in games (82), goals (four), assists (15) and points (19) last season.
The six-foot-four, 242-pound blue-liner was fourth overall in the league in hits with 248, and was one of only two Montreal playerson the ice forall 82 games last year.
"Mike displayed outstanding defensive poise over the past seasons and his physical presence is an undeniable asset to our group of defencemen," Gainey said.