It was a busy Monday for Montreal's GM, Pierre Gauthier. After announcing the signing of Max Pacioretty to a two year deal, the Habs finished the day with another announcement, the signing of diminutive center, David Desharnais to a two years deal. As per the club policy, Habs did not release the terms of the contract, but according to the sources, Desharnais will earn a total of $1.7 Million in the next two seasons, that is $750,000 for 2011-2012 and $950,000 for 2012-2013 season.
Desharnais, signed as a free agent by the Canadiens in November 2008, started the 2010-2011 season with the Hamilton Bulldogs and ended up recording 45 points (10G-35A) in 35 regular season games. He was the leading scorer in the AHL when recalled by the Habs on December 31, 2010. The 5'7, 170 lbs center was also named the AHL /Reebok player of the month for December accumulating 20 points (3goals, 17 assists) in 14 games. He finished the season with the Canadiens and impressed the organization and the fans with his skils.
In his first complete NHL season, Desharnais, 24, recorded 22 points (8 goals, 14 assists) in 43 games. Four of his goals came on the powerplay. He averaged 12:52 seconds of ice time per game and registered 55 shots on goals. He also added an assist in five playoff contests and ended the playoffs with an injury against the Boston Bruins.
“ We are pleased to have reached a two-year agreement with David. Since joining our club midway through last season, David has shown that he has the potential to play at the NHL level and contribute offensively to the success of our team,” said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier.