The Canadiens announced this morning that veteran Tomas Plekanec signed a two-year contract extension.
According to Bob McKenzie, the deal will pay him an annual average of $6M per season, $7M in the first season, and $5M in the second.
Tomas Plekanec's 2-yr extension with MTL has AAV of $6M -- $7M in first yr and $5M in second yr.— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 16, 2015
The contract runs until 2018, and will secure a very important piece of the puzzle as the Canadiens attempt to line themselves up as legitimate Stanley Cup contenders for the foreseeable future.
Plekanec, 32, scored 26 goals last season for the Habs, and finished with 60 points in 82 games.
Thankfully for the Habs, the deal doesn't include a no-movement clause, or a no-trade clause, which makes it an easy contract to sign.
As per @Real_ESPNLeBrun, #Habs Plekanec deal doesn't include NTC/NMC. Player gets a raise; team gets flexibility & continued stability at C.— John Lu (@JohnLuTSNMtl) October 16, 2015
At $6M per year many may assume that Plekanec is overpaid, although the fact of the matter is that his production warrants that type of money. Plekanec outscored Ryan Getzlaf and Claude Giroux last season.
If you're still not sure whether or not he's worth it, you may want to check out Ryan Kesler's contract, a player that Plekanec has constantly outscored over the last few seasons.