Montreal Canadiens Tomas Plekanec, from Czech Repulic, celebrates after scoring the first goal against the New York Islanders during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal Thursday, March 12, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
The Montreal Canadiens have avoided salary arbitration with centre Tomas Plekanec, signing him to a one-year US$2.75-million contract.
Plekanec, 26, is coming off his fifth season with the Canadiens, posting his third consecutive 20-goal campaign (20 goals, 19 assists). He was one of only three Habs players not to miss a game through injury last season.
The Czech, a third-round pick in the 2001 draft, has 184 points (78 goals, 106 assists) and a plus-20 rating in 311 regular-season games since 2003-04.
The Pittsburgh Penguins got some goaltender insurance by signing Brent Johnson to a one-year contract.
Johnson, 32, played 21 games with the Washington Capitals last season, finishing with a 12-6-2 record. The veteran goaltender recorded a .908 save percentage and 2.81 goals-against average.
Johnson is the grandson of NHL Hall of Famer Sid Abel and son of former Penguins goaltender Bob Johnson.
In other moves:
-The Edmonton Oilers signed defenceman Denis Grebeshkov to a one-year contract. Last season with the Oilers, the 25-year-old had seven goals and 32 assists in 72 games - all career highs. He also led the Oilers with a plus-minus differential of plus-12.
-The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Andre Deveaux to a one-year contract. The 25-year-old split last between the Maple Leafs and the AHL's Toronto Marlies. He had one assist and 75 penalty minutes in 21 games with the Leafs. The six-foot-four, 232-pound forward became the first Bahamian native to play in the NHL when he made his debut on Nov. 27 at Ottawa.
-The St. Louis Blues re-signed defenceman Steve Wagner, who split last season with the NHL and Peoria of the AHL. He had two goals and two assists in 22 games for St. Louis.
-The Boston Bruins agreed to a $2.9-million, two-year deal with defenceman Matt Hunwick. The 24-year-old scored six goals with 21 assists as a rookie last season. But he played in just one post-season game before he had emergency surgery to remove his spleen and missed the rest of the playoffs.
-The Columbus Blue Jackets signed John Moore to a three-year entry level contract, Moore, 18, was the Blue Jackets first pick, 21st overall, in the 2009 draft. He scored 14 goals and added 25 assists in 57 games with the Chicago Steel of the United States Hockey League last season.
-The Calgary Flames signed defencemen T.J. Brodie and Keith Seabrook and right-wing Greg Nemisz. Brodie, who played junior for the Saginaw Spirit, and Nemisz, who won a Memorial Cup with the Windsor Spitfires, have both been invited to attend the Canadian junior camp in Saskatoon later this summer. Seabrook, spent the past two seasons with the Calgary Hitmen.
-The New York Rangers agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Enver Lisin. The 23-year-old was acquired in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes on Monday for Lauri Korpikoski. Lisin had 13 goals and eight assists in 48 games with Phoenix last season.
-Tampa Bay and Phoenix completed a three-player trade, with the Lighting sending right-wing Radim Vrbata to the Coyotes for left-wing Todd Fedoruk and defenceman David Hale. Vrbata returns to Phoenix, where he had career highs in goals (27) and points (56) in 2007-08.
-The Los Angeles Kings agreed to terms on a two-year entry-level contract with unrestricted free-agent centre Juraj Mikus. A fourth-round draft pick of the Montreal Canadiens in 2005, Mikus played in his native Slovakia last season.