On Thursday the Montreal Canadiens that they extended the contract of 21-year old Alex Galchenyuk for two more years.
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Per Pierre LeBrun on Twitter, the two-year deal for Galchenyuk is $2.8M AAV. Galchenyuk will still be a restricted free agent when his contract expires in 2017 but he will have arbitration rights.
In the statement from the Montreal Canadiens, general manager Marc Bergevin had the following to say about the contract.
"“We are very pleased to have reached a two-year agreement with Alex Galchenyuk. Alex is a young forward constantly improving and who has contributed to the success of the Club since joining the NHL three seasons ago. Despite his young age, he has gained valuable experience through 193 regular-season games and 22 playoff contests. He shows maturity and fits in well within our young players development philosophy. Alex is an integral part of our core of forwards and we are confident in his ability to continue to improve his game.”"
Last season Galchenyuk scored 20 goals and 26 assists. He was drafted by the Canadiens third overall in the 2012 NHL Draft.
Earlier this summer there was uncertainty surrounding Alex Galchenyuk when he fired his agent, Ian Pulver. This brought contract negotiations to a halt until he hired Pat Brisson as his new agent.
Galchenyuk has the potential to be a top center in the NHL, except Michel Therrien has been reluctant to play him down the middle. He has 193 regular season NHL games under his belt, which is kind of hard to believe since it feels like he was drafted yesterday.
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