Canadiens sign Desharnais to four-year extension

Montreal Canadiens press release

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced today a four-year contract extension for forward David Desharnais (2013-14 to 2016-17).

Desharnais began his professional career in the ECHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones in 2007-08, leading the league with 106 points (29g-77a) in 68 games on his way to earning ECHL Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player honors. Desharnais set a league record with a 20-game assist streak from Jan. 5-Feb. 29, 2008 and is fourth all-time with a 27-game point streak from Dec. 31, 2007-March 12, 2008. He added 33 points (9g-24a) in 22 postseason contests helping the Cyclones to their first Kelly Cup title.

“David Desharnais is a talented young player and his contribution is essential to the success of our team. David has shown perseverance and determination which enabled him to reach the NHL and succeed. He has earned this contract extension and the Canadiens organization is pleased to have secured his services for many years to come,” said Bergevin.

The 26-year old center has played in each of the Canadiens 27 games since the start of the 2012-13 season. In his fourth NHL season, he has recorded 16 points (8 goals and 8 assists), including one power play goal and two game-winning goals. He also served 18 penalty minutes and averaged 16:41 of ice time per game.

Since making his NHL debut, the 5-foot-7, 177-pound forward recorded 99 points (32 goals, 67 assists) in 157 regular season games. Desharnais has a career plus-4 differential, eight power play goals and four game winners. He enjoyed his most productive NHL season in 2011-12, finishing third among the Canadiens top point getters with 60 (16 goals and 44 helpers). He also earned one assist in five playoff games in 2010-11.

A native of Laurier-Station, Quebec, Desharnais first joined the Canadiens organization as a free agent on November 5, 2008.