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The Montreal Canadiens sign 2010 first-round draft pick Jarred Tinordi to an entry-level contract.

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Jarred Tinordi, drafted 22nd of the Montreal Canadiens, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 25: Jarred Tinordi, drafted 22nd of the Montreal Canadiens, poses for a portrait during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at Staples Center on June 25, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
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In a move that came out of nowhere, the Montreal Canadiens have signed 2010 first round draft pick Jarred Tinordi to a traditional three year entry level contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, as usual.

As per Marc-Antoin Godin, this contract puts the Habs at the pro contract limit of 50. What this means is unclear for now. Usually Pierre Gauthier likes to keep a little breathing room as far as contracts go, so a trade could be on the horizon.

Update: Tinordi's contract will not count against the Canadiens' contract numbers this season.

Official press release by the team:

PRESS RELEASE

MONTREAL -- Canadiens General Manager, Pierre Gauthier, announced Wednesday the signing of defenseman Jarred Tinordi to a three-year contract (2012-13 to 2014-15). As per Club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Tinordi was selected in the first round, 22nd overall, by the Canadiens at the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Thus far in 2011-12, Tinordi recorded two points (0-2-2) and 22 penalty minutes in six games with the OHL London Knights, posting a +7 differential. The London Knights are currently the top team in the country according to the Canadian Hockey League rankings (CHL) with a 13-2-0-1 record. In his first season in the OHL in 2010-11, the 6’6’’ and 215 lbs defenseman played 63 games with the Knights, recording 14 points (1 goal, 13 assists). He also led his team with 140 penalty minutes.

A native of Burnsville, Minnesota, Tinordi is a product of the USA Hockey Development program. He played 39 games in the USHL in 2009-10, registered nine points (4-5-9) and 68 penalty minutes. He was also a member of the US national team on three occasions at international tournaments between 2008 and 2010.

And en Français:

COMMUNIQUÉ DE PRESSE

MONTRÉAL -- Le directeur général du Club de hockey Canadien, Pierre Gauthier, a annoncé mercredi la mise sous contrat du défenseur Jarred Tinordi pour une durée de trois ans (2012-2013 à 2014-2015). Selon la politique du Club, les termes financiers de l’entente n’ont pas été divulgués. Tinordi a été sélectionné en première ronde par les Canadiens, 22e au total, au repêchage de 2010.

Cette saison avec les Knights de London dans l’OHL, Tinordi a récolté deux points en six rencontres (0-2-2). Il présente un différentiel de +7, et a amassé 22 minutes de punition. Les Knights sont présentement classés meilleure équipe junior de la Ligue canadienne de hockey (LCH), en vertu d’une fiche de 13-2-0-1. À sa première saison junior avec London en 2010-2011, le défenseur de 6 pieds 6 pouces et 215 lb a participé à 63 matchs. Il a récolté 14 points (1 but, 13 aides) et a mené son équipe avec 140 minutes de punition.

Originaire de Burnsville, au Minnesota, Tinordi est issu du programme de développement du hockey américain (USA Hockey). Il a participé à 39 rencontres dans la USHL en 2009-2010, a inscrit neuf points (4-5-9) et 68 minutes de punition. Il a également fait partie de l’équipe nationale américaine à trois reprises lors de compétitions internationales entre 2008 et 2010.