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Canadiens extend Greg Pateryn for two years

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That magnificent beard will be around for three more years after a two year extension.

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens aren't sitting on their hands, apparently. They liked what they saw from Greg Pateryn during the late portion of the regular season and playoffs, and have extended the 25-year-old defenseman for two more years. Pateryn still has one year remaining on his current contract at just $562.5K cap hit, and this deal comes cheap as well.

Pateryn's new deal will pay him $750K in 2016-17, and $850K in 2017-18, with a cap hit of $800K. It's a modest deal for a player who has slowly developed into a solid sixth or seventh defenseman.

This extension makes Pateryn part of the Habs' long term plans, meaning they are looking to run P.K. Subban, Jeff Petry, and Pateryn on the right side defense the next couple of years, which calls into question Tom Gilbert's role with the team.

Earlier in the summer, we speculated that Gilbert was the most likely player on the roster to be traded before next season, and that seems even more likely now.