Colby Armstrong, bought out by the Leafs, has signed a one-year contract with the Canadiens for $1 million.
Rugged Rangers forward Brandon Prust has signed a four-year deal with the Canadiens for $10 million.
And Francis Bouillon, a Michel Therrien favourite, is coming home to Montreal to shore up the defence corps.
The signings don’t put a huge dent dent in the Canadiens’ salary cap: Armstrong, one season for $1 million (the Leafs are still on the hook for another $1 million with his buyout); Frankie the Bull, one year for $1.5 million; Prust gets $3 million the first year, followed by two seasons at $2.5 million, then a final year at $2 million..
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The D: Gorges, P.K., Markov, Emelin, Bouillon – plus Kaberle, Diaz, Weber, St. Denis.
Not the 1976 Canadiens, but there are worse defence corps in the league (hello, Leafs!)
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Armstrong has injury issues. Sprained ankle and a concussion last season.
But he’s a lifelong Canadiens fan who says signing is “a dream come true”.
The Gordie Howe Rule: You can NEVER have too many players from Saskatchewan.
Canadiens have two: Moen and Armstrong.
Forwards with sand? Check.
Lack of depth at LW? Check.
Rugged Dman? Check.
And of course: