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Canadiens sign physical forward Travis Moen and defenseman Paul Mara

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Canadiens sign physical forward Travis Moen and defenseman Paul Mara

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MONTREAL - Travis Moen is on the move again.

The Montreal Canadiens added some toughness by signing the hard-hitting forward to a three-year, $4.5 million contract on Friday. Moen started last season in Anaheim but was traded to San Jose where he scored three goals and two assists in 19 games.

He had four goals, seven assists and 77 penalty minutes with the Ducks prior to the trade.

"Travis Moen is a character player," said Canadiens GM Bob Gainey in a statement. "He is versatile, and he plays hard. His size and style will contribute to adding physicality to our team."

The 6-2, 215-pound left-winger blocked 78 shots and delivered 171 hits in 82 games last year.

In five NHL seasons, the 27-year-old amassed 56 points (29 goals, 27 assists) and served 487 penalty minutes with the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim and San Jose.

Mara, meanwhile, netted a one-year deal worth $1.7 million.

"Paul Mara will bring size and experience to our group of defensemen. He can contribute to all facets of the game," said Gainey.

Last season, the 6-4, 212-pound defenseman scored 21 points (5 goals, 16 assists) with 94 penalty minutes, 102 shots on goal, a plus-2 rating and an 18:57 time on ice average in 76 regular-season games with the New York Rangers. In 10 NHL seasons, the 29-year-old amassed 239 points (63 goals, 176 assists), fired 943 shots on goal and served 640 penalty minutes in 639 regular season games, with Tampa Bay, Phoenix, Boston, and the New York Rangers.

A native of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Mara represented Team USA at the World Junior Championship on three occasions (1997 to 1999) and won a bronze medal at the 2004 World Championship, in Czech Republic.

Mara was selected in the first round by the Tampa Bay Lightning, 7th overall at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.

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Canadiens sign physical forward Travis Moen and defenseman Paul Mara