July 12th, 2024

Montreal Canadiens sign Juraj Slafkovsky to eight-year contract extension


By The Canadian Press on July 1, 2024.

Tampa Bay Lightning forward Alex Barré-Boulet (12) skates with the puck against the Arizona Coyotes during NHL action, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023, in Tempe, Ariz. The Montreal Canadiens have signed Barré-Boulet to a one-year, one-way contract.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Ross D. Franklin

BROSSARD, Que. – Juraj Slafkovsky got a Canada Day payday.

The Montreal Canadiens signed the forward to an eight-year, US$60.8-million contract extension beginning in 2025-26.

The deal for the six-foot-three, 230-pound winger inked Monday as NHL free agency opened carries an average annual value of $7.6 million.

Slafkovsky, who put pen to paper the first day he was eligible for a maximum-term agreement, had 20 goals and 50 points in 82 games with the Canadiens in 2023-24.

Selected first overall at the 2022 NHL draft, Slafkovsky became first player in franchise history to record 40 points in a season before age 20 when he collected an assist on March 26 in Colorado.

The Canadiens also added forward Alex Barré-Boulet to a one-year, one-way contract Monday.

Terms were not disclosed, but multiple outlets reported the contract is worth $775,000.

Barré-Boulet had six goals and three assists in 36 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning last season.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 1, 2024.

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