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EDMUNDSON REPORTEDLY CLOSE TO NEW MULTI-YEAR DEAL WITH CANADIENS

It appears Montreal Canadiens' GM Marc Bergevin's move to trade for the rights of defenceman Joel Edmundson has paid off. According to Sportsnet radio host Nick Alberga, the two sides are closing in on a new deal.

"Hearing that there's a high chance that recently acquired D Joel Edmundson re-signs with the [Habs]" Alberga posted to Twitter. "Nothing done yet, but sounds like a two-year deal is being discussed."



RDS, meanwhile, is reporting in French that a three-to-five year deal is being worked on in the vacinity of $4 million per season. According to the report, the AAV will be closer to $3.5 million if it's for five years.

Montreal picked up Edmundson's rights from the Carolina Hurricanes last Saturday in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. The team has until October 9th to sign him to a new deal or he hits the market as an unrestricted free agent.

Edmundson, 27, had seven goals and 13 assists in 68 games with the Hurricanes in 2019-20, his first with the team. Prior to being a Cane, Edmundson played with the St. Louis Blues for four seasons, helping them win their first ever Stanley Cup in 2019. He has played in 337 career regular season NHL games to this point, posting 20 goals and 72 points. On top of that, he has also appeared in 53 playoff games, where he has 15 points.

At six-foot-four and 215 lbs, Edmundson can add some size and grit to any blueline. His seven goals last season tied a previous career high, while his 20 points set a brand new one.


TIM TUCKER
SEPTEMBER 15, 2020  (10H43)
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