NHL

New Hab Anderson 'excited to get going' after signing 7-year contract

Two days after being acquired in a trade from the Columbus Blue Jackets, forward Josh Anderson signed a seven-year, $38.5 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

Newly acquired forward cashes in for $38.5M after deal from Columbus

The Canadiens dealt center Max Domi and a third-round pick in the 2020 draft to the Blue Jackets for Josh Anderson on Tuesday. (Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

Two days after being acquired in a trade from the Columbus Blue Jackets, forward Josh Anderson signed a seven-year, $38.5 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens.

"Very excited to get things going," Anderson posted Friday on Twitter.

As a restricted free agent, Anderson signed the long-term deal Thursday.

The Canadiens dealt center Max Domi and a third-round pick in the 2020 draft to the Blue Jackets for Anderson on Tuesday. Domi signed a two-year, $10.6 million contract with Columbus on Wednesday.

The 26-year-old Anderson had four points (one goal, three assists) in 26 games before suffering a shoulder injury in December and undergoing surgery in March. The previous season, he tallied a career-best 27 goals.

Overall, Anderson had 115 points (65 goals, 50 assists) in 267 games in parts of six seasons with the Blue Jackets.

He said farewell to the Columbus organization, fans and teammates in another social media post on Friday.

"This is very difficult to put on paper. I loved every minute I spent in Ohio," Anderson wrote. "To play in the NHL was my dream and you helped make that dream come true. To my brothers. This is hard. We fought every battle together, as one. Such an amazing group of people and many friendships that will last forever. Columbus will always have a special place in my heart."

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The Montreal Canadiens have also signed Victor Mete to a one-year, $735,000 US extension.

The 22-year-old Mete had four goals and seven assists in 51 games with the Canadiens last season.

The five-foot-nine, 183-pound native of Woodbridge, Ont., has four goals and 27 assists in 171 career games with Montreal.

Mete was a fourth-round pick (100th overall) by the Canadiens in the 2016 NHL draft.

The London Knights graduate helped Canada win gold at the 2018 world junior hockey championship.

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Habs re-sign Mete

Later Friday, the Canadiens signed Victor Mete to a one-year, $735,000 extension.

The 22-year-old Mete had four goals and seven assists in 51 games with the Canadiens last season.

The five-foot-nine, 183-pound native of Woodbridge, Ont., has four goals and 27 assists in 171 career games with Montreal.

Mete was a fourth-round pick (100th overall) by the Canadiens in the 2016 NHL draft.

The London Knights graduate helped Canada win gold at the 2018 world junior hockey championship.

The Canadiens also signed forward Brandon Baddock to a two-way, one-year contract worth $700,000 in the NHL and $110,000 in the AHL.

The Canadiens also signed defenceman Xavier Ouellet and forward Brandon Baddock to two-way deals.

With files from Canadian Press

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