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Montreal Canadiens sign Joel Armia to four-year contract extension

The Finnish forward stays in the city.

2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

The Montreal Canadiens have signed Joel Armia to a four-year contract extension.

The contract will come with an average annual cap hit of $3.4 million per season. His previous contract was an AAV of $2.6 million. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent at noon on Wednesday.

The 28-year-old had seven goals and seven assists in 41 regular season games this season. He had five goals and three assists in 21 playoff games. Since being acquired in a trade from the Winnipeg Jets, he has 36 goals and 31 assists in 156 games with the Canadiens.

In 336 career NHL games, he has 62 goals and 63 assists for 125 points. With the contract on the books, the Canadiens have around $10.7 million in cap room per CapFriendly, but they may have additional room due to the expected long-term injury of captain Shea Weber.

Armia provides the Canadiens with bottom-six scoring, defence, and penalty killing.