Greg Pateryn signs two year extension with Canadiens

Francois Lacasse

The Montreal Canadiens have signed AHL defenseman Greg Pateryn to a two year contract extension.

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Thursday that the club has come to terms on a two year contract extension for 23 year old defenseman Greg Pateryn, the last remaining piece the Habs got back in the Mikhail Grabovski trade (the other piece being a second round pick that was traded to Chicago for Robert Lang).

Pateryn had a solid sophomore season in the AHL, racking up 15 goals and 34 points in 68 games for the low scoring Hamilton Bulldogs, tops among blueliners in points and points per game, and fifth on the team in scoring.

Although he was called up to the big club several times early in the season, Pateryn never saw the ice with the Canadiens in the 2013-14 season, something he's likely determined to change going forward.

Pateryn sits atop the AHL depth chart among right-handed defensemen, but it's questionable whether he's considered better than Magnus Nygren by the organization. Pateryn was ranked as the Habs' 17th best player under the age of 25 in the January version of the Top 25 Under 25 list, the highest mark he's ever achieved.

Pateryn's contract is a two-way deal in the first year, and a one-way deal in the second year, much the same as Dustin Tokarski's recent extension. His NHL salary is a miniscule $550K in year one, and $575K in year two, according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports.

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