Gabriel Dumont signs with the Canadiens for two more years

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sport

After relative silence on this front for the last while, Dumont is back in the Habs' picture.

According to RDS, Gabriel Dumont has signed with the Habs for another two years:

The deal is reportedly two-way, $550K this year and $570K next year for his NHL salary, though Dumont is waiver eligible now, so it becomes substantially more risky for the Canadiens to bring up him and send him down throughout the year.

Dumont displayed strong puck possession skills on the bottom half of the lineup last year, with a 65.1% share of all Fenwick events in his small amount of time played. That's not a true representation of his talent, but it's a good sign that he can be a contributing NHLer.

Dumont, 5'9" and 170 pounds, tied Nathan Beaulieu for the team lead among the Hamilton Bulldogs last season with 31 points in 55 games, including a team-leading 16 goals, six more than anyone else.

In spite of his size, Dumont plays a tough, grinding game, and isn't afraid to drop the gloves with anyone, previously taking out 6'6" Joe Colbourne in a game against the Marlies.

With Dumont signed, the focus among RFAs shifts to Ryan White and Dustin Tokarski. White will be directly competing for a job with Dumont in the coming season, as both can play centre and wing on the 4th line.

Dumont recorded one goals (the first of his career), and two assists in 10 games played on the big club last year, as well as a +1 rating and 13 PIM.


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