Canadiens sign free-agent forward Kostopoulos

Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey announced today the signing of free agent forward Tom Kostopoulos to a two-year contract (2007-08 and 2008-09). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed, but RDS reports it is for a total of $1.8 million.

From the Canadiens’ release:

Kostopoulos, 28, spent the last two seasons in Los Angeles after signing as a free agent with the Kings in 2005. In 2006-07 he played in 76 games notching 7 goals and 15 assists for a total of 22 points, and was assessed 73 penalty minutes. Over the course of his NHL career with Pittsburgh and Los Angeles, he played 231 games recording 25 goals, 45 assists (70 points) along with 249 penalty minutes.

A native of Mississauga, Ont., Kostopoulos played his junior hockey with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) earning 87 points, including 27 goals, in his last season in 1998-99 before being drafted in the 7th round (204th overall) by the Penguins in 1999. The 6’0’’, 205 lb right winger spent five seasons with Pittsburgh’s organization earning 26 points (10-16-26) in 79 games in Pittsburgh. He added a total of 246 points (97 goals, 149 assists) in 318 games with the Penguins’ AHL farm team in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

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