Montreal Canadiens: Max Pacioretty Signs Six Year Contract Extension

Photo courtesy of Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

Photo courtesy of Bruce Bennett / Getty Images

By James Stephan (@J_Habs)

The Montreal Canadiens announced a six year contract extension with young forward Max Pacioretty.

The contract officially begins at the start of the 2013-14 season, and is a total of $27 million over six years which translates to $4.5mil per season.

Sustaining a devastating, and career-threatening injury from Zdeno Chara on March 8, 2011, Max bounced back the following season, recording 33 goals, and 65 points.

To further punctuate his season, as well as his incredible recovery, at the 2012 NHL Awards Max received the Bill Masterton trophy for perseverance.

Pacioretty was to expected to become an RFA by next offseason but once again Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin is showing his foresight by ensuring his future assets are locked up long term.

Having secured his young top-six winger for 4.5million per year,  many would agree that Bergevin is hitting all the right notes making this excellent value for a player of Pacioretty’s caliber.

With yet another long term deal put on paper for the Montreal Canadiens, Bergevin has once again flashed his hand to the fans, indicating his six year plan; fans can be sure that defenseman P.K. Subban is at the top of the list.

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