The Montreal Canadiens have avoided salary arbitration with Ryan White, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with the gritty forward.

The club announced the contract on its website Saturday, but official terms were not disclosed.

White, 25, is coming off a one-year pact worth $687,500 US and amassed 67 penalty minutes in 26 games with the Habs last year, scoring one goal. In three playoff games with Montreal, he registered a goal and 23 penalty minutes to go along with a minus-1.

He has three goals, eight assists and 182 penalty minutes in 89 career regular-season NHL games, all with the Habs.

The six-foot, 194-pound Brandon, Man., native was originally selected in the third round (66th overall) of the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Canadiens.