Plekanec signs 1-year deal with Canadiens
The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Tomas Plekanec to a one-year contract, general manager Bob Gainey announced on Tuesday.
Details of the agreement have not been revealed. Plekanec elected for salary arbitration on July 5. His hearing is set for July 30.
The 26-year-old completed his fifth season with the Canadiens in 2008-09. The centreman recorded his third straight 20-goal campaign, collecting 39 points (including 19 assists), and firing 202 shots on goal in 80 games. He was one of only three Canadiens players not to miss a game with an injury in 2008-09.
Since 2003-04, Plekanec has had 184 points (78 goals, 106 assists) with 637 shots on goal and a plus-20 rating in 311 regular-season games. The five-foot-11, 197-pound forward also scored 13 points (four goals, nine assists) and had 52 shots on net in 21 career NHL playoff games.
Plekanec played for his native Czech Republic at the World Hockey Championship on three occasions (2006, 2007, 2009) and won gold at Russia's 2001 world junior championship.
Plekanec was selected in the third round, 71st overall, by the Canadiens at the 2001 NHL entry draft.