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The Montreal Canadiens agree with Kirby Dach

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The Montreal Canadiens signed on Wednesday striker Kirby Dach, who was a limited free agent, for a four-year contract worth $ 13.45 million.

Acquired by the Chicago Blackhawks on the day of the first round of the entry draft against the first and third round picks on July 7, Dach will have an average of $ 3.3625 million per campaign.

“I was not worried about the state of the negotiations. My job is to play hockey and my agent would have solved the problem. I’m thrilled to be here, to be able to skate and compare with the guys before the retreat begins, “said the concerned hockey player at a press conference in Brossard, adding that he doesn’t regret choosing a long-term contract. and not a transition agreement, because he wants to win the Stanley Cup in Montreal.

“The talks weren’t that long. We were looking for a two, three or four year contract. Once we figured out how that could be, we took a break to see what was possible for us in terms of trading. […]because we had about $ 2 million of space on the crowd, ”added managing director Kent Hughes, confirming Carey Price’s name on the long-term injury list shortly afterwards.

When asked about his duties with his new team, Dach said he had no particular expectations and was ready to please his manager Martin St-Louis.

“I don’t know, I’ve talked to him a couple of times. I come here with an open mind and when the camp starts I will show my skills. I just want to enjoy hockey by playing good games and then we’ll see what the future holds, “she replied.

“I have always had faith in my game and here it will be a bit like a new beginning, he also stressed, well aware that his production in Chicago, particularly affected by injuries, could have grown more. There were ups and downs, some things I could control, some I couldn’t. I feel comfortable with my game, today I skated with some guys and my main concern is to be able to play freely, be creative and use my instincts. It will be about trusting me on the net, shooting more, a little more records “.

Dach, 21, scored nine goals and 17 assists for 26 points in 70 games last regular season. Since his debut in the National Hockey League in 2019, he has amassed 59 points, including 19 goals, in 152 games.

The Albertan was the third absolute selection of the 2019 auction.

Also, Hughes admitted speaking to goalkeeper agent Cayden Primeau, the only holder of the organization’s color without a contract. The GM is confident of reaching an agreement in the next few hours.

– For his part, Paul Byron (hip) is unlikely to recover in time for the start of the regular season, according to Hughes. The latter however expects to see the veteran in action later.

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