A week after signing Jeff Petry to a six-year deal, GM Marc Bergevin locked down another key piece of the Montreal Canadiens' blueline. Pending restricted free agent Nathan Beaulieu has signed a two-year deal with a $1M AAV, as per Elliotte Friedman.
Nathan Beaulieu 2 year extension, $1M AAV— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 13, 2015
Beaulieu tallied nine points in 64 games with the Habs last season, and one point in the playoffs before being knocked out with a fractured sternum. From the beginning of the year to the playoffs, Beaulieu's ice time gradually increased. Before the acquisition of Petry, the young defensemen was logging major minutes, and had arguably become the team's third-best defensemen.
Much like other young RFA players, Beaulieu was offered a bridge contract to potentially earn a larger deal at the end of two years. The list of RFAs is dwindling now for the Habs, with the only major players left to sign being Jarred Tinordi, Michael Bournival, and Alex Galchenyuk . And much like past Bergevin signings they will likely happen without any sort of indication.