Four-year contract for Joel Edmundson with the Canadiens

MONTREAL | Marc Bergevin didn’t give the Carolina Hurricanes a fifth round pick out of kindness. Four days after the transaction with the “Canes”, Bergevin granted him a contract of four years and 14 million.

Edmundson, a 27-year-old left-handed defender, will therefore earn an average of 3.5 million until the end of the 2023-2024 season. For the Manitoban, it will be a slight increase in salary he who touched 3.1 million last year with the Hurricanes and 3 million during the 2018-2019 season with the St. Louis Blues.

Bergevin did not choose the amount of 3.5 million by chance. The Canadiens’ general manager will not break the salary hierarchy of his team by offering the same annual amount to Edmundson as to Ben Chiarot.

Acquired on July 4, 2019, Chiarot had initialed a three-year and 10.5 million agreement with CH.

From weight to the blue line

At 6’4 ” and 215 lbs, Edmundson falls into the big guy category. He will also offer good services to the outnumbered Habs. In his only season in Carolina, he finished second on his team in hits (118), third in blocked shots (91) and was the third most used defenseman on shorthand with a time. average play time of 2 min 48 s.

Edmundson also had his best offensive season with 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists) in 68 games. The Blues’ second round pick in 2011, he won the Stanley Cup with the Missouri team in the spring of 2019. The Blues traded him in the offseason for defenseman Justin Faulk.

In Montreal, Edmundson risks forming a duet with Jeff Petry. Claude Julien should logically not touch his first duet, that of Chiarot and Weber.

While on Jean-Charles Lajoie’s show on Tuesday evening, Bergevin had already given a clue on the portrait of the team on the blue line.

“If you analyze our defenders with Weber, Chiarot, Petry, Romanov and Edmundson, we will have five good defenders. There are also Kulak and Mete. That makes us seven defensemen in the NHL. All teams want defenders. There will also be injured. We must not forget that. ”

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