Gorges headed for arbitration – maybe

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Josh Gorges, here with Canadiens goalie Carey Price, is headed to salary arbitration in the next few weeks unless he first signs a deal with his team.
Shaun Best, Reuters

Canadiens defenceman Josh Gorges, a restricted free agent who was given a qualifying offer of $1.3 million last week by Habs GM Pierre Gauthier, is headed to binding salary arbitration between July 20 and Aug. 5, according to a TSN report.

Kevin Epp, Gorges’s agent, says his goal is still to have Gorges signed before the two sides present their case to an arbitrator.

In other Habs news today, the team has signed goalie Nathan Lawson and Peter Delmas to one- and three-year two-way contracts.

The team’s releases:

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced Tuesday the signing of goaltender Nathan Lawson to a one-year, two-way contract for the 2011-12 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Lawson, 27, played his first 10 NHL games with the New York Islanders in 2010-11, posting a 1-4-2 record, a 4.06 goals against average and a .893 save percentage. He spent most of the season with the Islanders’ development team in the American Hockey League (AHL), suiting up for 16 games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. He recorded 6 wins, 5 losses and 4 overtime losses, with a 2.90 GAA and a .913 save percentage.

A native of Calgary, Alberta, Lawson played a total of 83 games in the AHL over the past three seasons, posting a 41-30-9 record with a 2.46 GAA and a .922 save percentage. Lawson ranked second in the AHL in terms of save percentage in 2008-09 (.927) and in 2009-10 (.922), both seasons with Bridgeport.

The 6’2’’, 203-pound goaltender played 75 games between 2004 and 2007 with the WCHA Alaska Anchorage Seawolves.

Lawson joined the Islanders as a free agent on March 2, 2008.

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MONTREAL (July 5, 2011) – Montreal Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of goaltender Peter Delmas to a three-year, two-way contract (2011-12 to 2013-14). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Delmas, 21, played in two games with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs in 2010-11, posting a 1-0-1 record, a 1.92 goals against average and a .933 save percentage. He spent most of the season with the Canadiens’ development team in the ECHL, suiting up for 24 games with the Wheeling Nailers. He recorded 15 wins, 6 losses and 2 overtime losses, with a 2.03 goals against average and a .928 save percentage.

Delmas led the Wheeling Nailers to the ECHL Eastern Conference Finals in 2011, as the club was defeated in six games against the Kalamazoo Wings. He played in 15 of the Nailers 17 playoff contests, posted an 8-5-1 record with a 3.13 goals aganst average and a .903 save percentage. Delmas ranked second in the league in playoff games (15) and saves (391), and third in wins (8).

The 6’2’’, 190-pound goaltender played in 149 career regular season games in the QMJHL between 2006 and 2010 with Lewiston, Quebec and Halifax. He served as Jonathan Bernier’s backup with the 2007 President Cup Champions Lewiston MAINEiacs.

A native of Bedford, Nova Scotia, Delmas was invited on a try-out basis at the Club’s rookie and main training camps in 2010-11.

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