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Canadiens sign Gustav Olofsson to one-year extension

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Pending free agent returns after missing most of the season with a shoulder injury.

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The Montreal Canadiens announced a one-year, two-way contract extension for defenceman Gustav Olofsson.

The deal will pay Olofsson $700,000 at the NHL level and $235,000 in the AHL, with $300,000 in guaranteed salary.

Olofsson was acquired prior to the start of last season in exchange for forward Will Bitten, but only managed to play two games before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery. He would have become a restricted free agent on July 1.

He had one assist with the Rocket in his two games. The previous year, he played 41 NHL games with the Minnesota Wild, where he spent the entire season. He earned eight assists. He has played 56 NHL games and is still looking for his first goal. He has 11 assists.

The 6’3” left-shot defenceman could have had the same opportunity as Brett Kulak to make his place in the NHL with a fresh start but injury issues came back to hurt his chances. Olofsson has shown potential, but has struggled to stay healthy.

Injury have stunted three seasons so far in his young career, and ended up costing him development and opportunity.

Olofsson will most likely return to Laval where he will form a strong left-side with Karl Alzner, Xavier Ouellet, David Sklenicka, and rookie Otto Leskinen.