Canadiens signal defenceman Joel Edmundson to Four-year, $14M deal

Solely days after being acquired in a trade — and with unrestricted free company looming on the horizon — Joel Edmundson determined in opposition to testing the market.

Canadiens normal supervisor Marc Bergevin introduced on Wednesday night the crew signed the defenceman to a four-year, US$14-million contract. The deal will carry a wage cap hit of US$three.5 million and means the crew has roughly US$10 million of cap area remaining in response to

In line with Sportsnet, the deal additionally features a 10-team no-trade clause.

At 6-foot-Four and 216 kilos, the 27-year-old native of Brandon, Man., will add measurement to the Canadiens’ blue line and probably leaves Bergeron with some choices transferring ahead.

Though Brett Kulak has two years remaining on his contract, Edmundson’s arrival may make him expendable, particularly since Montreal will most likely need to discover room for brand spanking new Russian rearguard Alexander Romanov. As nicely, Victor Mete is eligible to turn out to be a restricted free agent.

With Ben Chiarot, Edmundson, Romanov, Kulak and Mete on the left aspect, Bergevin’s buying and selling days may not be over.

Edmundson actually will add some helpful depth to the blue-line corps. He was acquired final Saturday from the Carolina Hurricanes for a fifth-round draft selection in 2020 and will have turn out to be an unrestricted free agent subsequent month.

Initially chosen by St. Louis within the second-round (46th total) in 2011, Edmundson was a part of the Blues’ Stanley Cup championship crew final season. He spent 4 seasons with St. Louis earlier than being traded to the Hurricanes final summer season as a part of the Justin Faulk deal.

Edmundson was a top-four defenceman with Carolina and posted a career-high 20 factors in 68 video games. He was on a one-year, US$three.1 million cope with the Hurricanes.

Edmundson was thought-about expendable after Carolina acquired Brady Skjei from the New York Rangers on the commerce deadline.

In 5 NHL seasons, Edmundson has produced 20 objectives and 52 factors over 337 regular-season video games. He additionally has 320 penalty minutes.

Edmundson’s deal is just like the three-year, US$10.5 million contract Chiarot was signed to by the Canadiens in July 2019, when he left Winnipeg as a free agent. That signing has actually labored out for Montreal. Chiarot produced a career-high 9 objectives and 21 factors in 69 video games final season.

Bergevin has been busy for the reason that Canadiens had been eradicated by the Philadelphia Flyers within the opening-round sequence. Earlier this month he acquired goaltender Jake Allen and a 2022 seventh-round choose from St. Louis for third- and seventh-round choices this 12 months.