After a fairly long period of silence, the Montreal Canadiens have re-signed both Gabriel Dumont and Morgan Ellis to one year contracts.
Dumont, the most beloved Hamilton Bulldog over the last several years, was rumoured to have been told he was no longer part of the Canadiens' plans, which just shows you how seriously you should take rumours. Dumont, a fifth round pick of the Canadiens in 2009, will turn 25 in October, and likely be back with the Bulldogs as captain.
Morgan Ellis spent much of last season in the ECHL, in spite of an impressive training camp, and being a top three defenseman on the Bulldogs the season before. Ellis dominated in the ECHL, and was called up later in the season when the Bulldogs were hurt by injuries and call ups to the NHL, and established himself as the team's best defenseman. Ellis, who just turned 23 in April, was a fourth round pick of the Canadiens in 2010, and will be looking for a breakout season this year.
Financial terms of the deals were not disclosed, but expect them both to be two-way deals, with Dumont making a sizeable AHL salary after several very successful seasons on bad Bulldogs teams. Both are likely to begin the year with the St. John's IceCaps.
UPDATE: Both Ellis and Dumont were signed to two-way contracts with NHL cap hits of $575,000.