The suspense surrounding the fate of Tomas Plekanec in Montreal is over. The Canadiens announced Friday morning a new two-year agreement with the Czech player.
According to TSN, the attacker will reach seven million dollars in 2016-17 and five million next season, an average of six million on the ceiling of the club. This contract extension does not include, however non-trade clause.
Regardless, the veteran of 33 years soon was well pleased with this new agreement, after an optional skate in central Brossard Friday morning.
“It’s done and it’s perfect as well, Plekanec launched at the end of the workout. I am very glad it was concluded. ”
Remember that this season, Plekanec passes last season of his current six-year contract, for a salary of five million dollars.
Plekanec, who could have become an unrestricted free agent in the summer, has chosen to continue his career with the club that drafted him in the third round of the 2001 draft.
A choice he did not hesitate to do.
“There is no better place than Montreal to try to win a Stanley Cup, added the veteran. I really think we have the team to do great things over the next two seasons in this league … we have a good group of guys here. I know it’s only five games so far, but we must continue that way. ”
Jokingly Plekanec attempted to circumvent questions about his future after this extension of two other seasons. “I wish an extension of seven years!” He started laughing.
For his part, Michel Therrien is very happy to have his veteran for a while yet.
“A coach always wants his players to be mentally added Therrien. Tomas, his contract, it did not look too affect it! But not forget, this is a guy who grew up in the organization. You do need good veterans to show others what is a good leader.
“It is a very versatile player, you need to have a player like that. If it is not, you replace it with that? This is a very important player to our team. It is a good leader for our players. There have been many rumors in the camp, but the organization has chosen to make a commitment to Tomas. ”
In 82 games last season, Plekanec tallied 26 goals and 34 assists for a total of 60 points.