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Joel Hanley signs a one-year contract extension with Canadiens

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The defenceman was signed as a free agent in 2014.

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The Montreal Canadiens have announced that they've agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with Joel Hanley.

Press Release:

MONTREAL - Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Wednesday that the team has agreed to terms on a one-year, two way contract (2016-17) with defenseman Joel Hanley.

Hanley, acquired via free-agency on July 1, 2014, made his NHL debut on March 20 after making his way to the Canadiens as part of an emergency recall to bolster the Habs blue-line.

The 24-year-old rearguard laced up the skates for 10 games with the Habs where he registered six assists.

Hanley had previously suited up for 64 games with the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League registering 13 points (5G-8A).

Hanley showed decent potential in his time with the IceCaps, and will provide defensive depth for the organization moving forward. Despite some rather poor possession numbers, he put up an impressive amount of assists during his short stint with the Canadiens.