Tomas Plekanec (Steve Babineau/NHLI via Getty Images)
The Montreal Canadiens have inked center Tomas Plekanec to a two-year, $12-million extension. The deal doesn’t carry a no-trade or no-movement clause. Plekanec, 32, has four goals in five games in 2015-16.
The Canadiens won’t be heading into the off-season worrying about locking up veteran Tomas Plekanec, as the 32-year-old has come to terms with Montreal on a two-year, $12-million deal.
According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the deal will pay Plekanec $7 million in 2016-17 and $5 million in 2017-18. If the Canadiens are looking to move on from the veteran pivot in either of the next two seasons, that shouldn’t be too difficult, either. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reported the deal does not carry either a no-movement or no-trade clause, making it easier for the Canadiens to ship Plekanec out should they wish to.
Since he broke into the league in 2005-06, Plekanec has been one of the most consistent Canadiens players and has been a fixture of the team’s top-six since 2007-08. Plekanec has also been a key contributor on both the power play and penalty kill throughout his career, chipping in 49 tallies with the extra man and 18 with the Canadiens down a skater.
Plekanec was drafted by the Canadiens in the third round, 71st overall, in 2001. Over the past 10 seasons, no player has contributed more to Montreal’s offense. Since 2005-06, Plekanec has 206 goals and 503 points in 766 games with the Habs, 119 points more than the next closest player, defenseman Andrei Markov.
Through five games this season, Plekanec has notched four points — all goals — and has averaged 19:30 in ice time while skating between wingers Brendan Gallagher and Max Pacioretty. Plekanec notched his 500th career point on Oct. 10 with a goal against the rival Boston Bruins.
With Plekanec signed, Montreal now has 16 players under contract for 2016-17 at a total cap hit of roughly $60.8 million.