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Mark Barberio signs two-year contract extension with Canadiens

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The Montreal-born defenceman stormed up the depth chart with very good play when called upon

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The Montreal Canadiens and defenceman Mark Barberio agreed to a two-year contract today.

The contract is a one-way contract, which means the Canadiens see him as an NHL player and the two year term says that they saw what a key addition he was to the lineup.

Barberio played 30 games with the Habs, scoring two goals and adding eight assists. He was named an AHL All-Star for his time with the St. John's IceCaps but did not play in the game due to his NHL recall.

He was added as a depth defenceman last off-season, but quickly passed several players, including Jarred Tinordi, on the depth chart. Barberio excelled on the third pairing with the Canadiens, and even managed to put up top 4 individual statistics. In fact, his numbers were absolutely great last season.

The terms of the deal were announced, and it's as good as you could have hoped at $750,000 per season. It will provide great value for the Canadiens.