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Montreal signs free agent defenseman Joel Hanley

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It's a two-way deal that only lasts one season.

The Habs needed defensive depth, and it seems as if free agent Joel Hanley will help provide it.

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Wednesday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year, two-way contract (2015-16) with free agent defenseman Joel Hanley.
Hanley, 24, played 63 games with the AHL’s Portland Pirates in 2014-15, recording 17 points (2 goals and 15 assists). The 6-foot, 180-pound defenseman had a plus-7 differential and served 34 penalty minutes. He also suited up with the ECHL’s Gwinneth Gladiators for three games, scoring once. Since making his professional debut in 2013-14, Hanley has played 78 regular season games with Portland, contributing 22 points (2 goals and 20 assists) with a plus=3 differential and 99 penalty minutes. The Keswick, Ontario native produced 75 points (17 goals, 58 assists) and 127 penalty minutes in 131 games with UMass-Amherst University (Hockey East), from 2010 to 2014

We don't know much about Hanley, however he did spend the season with the Portland Pirates of the AHL. He stands at 6'1", and weighs 190 lbs. It's doubtful we see Hanley wear a Habs jersey any time soon, but he should help out the St-John's IceCaps fill out the roster.