Canadiens sign Yannick Weber to 2-year deal

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After trading the negotiating rights to James Wiesniewski earlier Wednesday, general manager Pierre Gauthier locked up defenceman Yannick Weber to a two-year deal.
Terms were not released by the club, but it has been reported to be worth $1.7 million total for the two seasons.
“Yannick has acquired valuable experience at the NHL level this past season playing a total of 44 regular season and playoff games. He is a young player who has gained confidence and progressed steadily since being selected by the Montreal Canadiens in 2007,” Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier said in a statement.
Weber, 22, completed in 2010-11 his third season with the Canadiens in the NHL.
In 41 games last season, the 22-year-old defenceman scored one goal and added 10 assists. He scored his first NHL goal on Feb. 9 against the Bruins at Boston.
A native of Morges, Switzerland, The 5-foot-11, 198-pound Weber was the Canadiens’ fifth pick (third round, 73rd overall) at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
He was part of the Swiss team at the 2010 Vancouver winter Olympic Games, as well as at the 2009 World Championship and the 2008 World Junior Championship.

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  2. Ian Cobb says:

    Now that some of our young players are maturing and coming on stream, we are bringing them up at reasonable contract rate. In turn we are slowly getting rid of the older players and their fat contracts, leaving us with lots of cap space.

    This puts us in a very envious position to acquire future needs.

    This team is already very good when healthy, we are younger and faster. After all we were only knocked off in the 7th game by one goal by the cup champs. We had at the time two blown knees and a broken back to 3 of our best players.

    Now if only J. Martin can put everything together this year for us, we will have our parade next spring.

    I just wonder on the Kirk Muller effect for this season. Who will be the special teams replacement coach.??

    • V says:

      Always like your enthusiastic support Ian, but a spring parade in Montreal might be a bit over-ambitious. But the team is certainly trending up.

      I know it’s not appealing to those with ADD, but I like Gauthier’s slow and steady approach. Does not make for an exciting off-season, but can make for a solid team.

      A couple of holes still to fill and it may be a challenge to get what we are looking for despite the abundent cap space, so from that perspective the next couple of months will be interesting – not in a Philadelphia ‘roll the dice’ sort of way, but in a methodical Montreal/Detroit kind of way.

      With this in mind, it’s important to keep Gomez IMO. For lots of reasons but not the least of which it would be difficult to replace what he brings (lousy stats aside) without some significant upheaval in the team.

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    • PeterD says:

      I agree with you Ian…Pierre seems very conservative in his managerial approach…nothing “explosive” or major in any of his moves. Some may take this approach as showing incompetence or not wanting to create a Cup winner…but I see it as the right and responsible thing to do.

      Pierre has said that he likes team stability and that with the returning verterans and the emergence of some of our kids that we will see more improvement. Of course with any team healthy players make a big difference. Just look at what happened with Pittsburgh after Crosby and Malkin went down with injuries.

      I am confident that Markov and Gorges and Patches will be back and strong…my hope is that Leblanc’s shoulder heals fast and he can get in some games this Fall – but he is likely destined for Hamilton for a full season.

      We still could use a big, scoring tough winger for our top 6…but every team in the league is going after those so Free Agency may not yield that player. I don’t think Gauthier is going to blow his brains out and the budget for multi years to acquire that player either…that would block any young guys coming up in future seasons…and we need to make room for players like Kristo, Leblanc, Avtsin, and others that may emerge the way Patches and Desharnais did this past season.

      I’m not holding my breath for free agency, but I am excited to get more insight from the second development camp next week and of course the training camps in September to see what we have available and in the pipeline.


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