Montreal Canadiens sign David Desharnais to a 1 year deal

QUEBEC CITY- SEPTEMBER 20: David Desharnais #58 of the Montreal Canadiens skates prior to NHL Preseason game against the Boston Bruins  on September 20, 2009 at the Colisee Pepsi in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.  The Bruins defeated the Canadiens 2-1.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

RDS reports that the Habs have re-signed David Desharnais to a 1 year, 2 way deal.

Desharnais’s agent mentions in the article that David preferred to avoid arbitration and wants to prove his worth on the ice. In this age of big business in sports…. and all the big money…. it’s completely respectable to me that Desharnais made that choice.

In fact, another player (not a Habs player) who settled for a smaller contract just last year (I believe it was last season) was Manny Malhotra. He pretty much went in and worked really hard…. put his focus on playing hockey as best he could and this year he signed a 3 year 2.5 million dollar deal.

Not sure that Desharnais will follow that exact path but I think he’s got a shot at sneaking in and taking some ice time this season. Seeing him play last year I can’t help but think a bit about Gionta and Martin St Louis. Not just because Desharnais is 5’7, I mean yeah that’s part of the comparison but the other part is that Desharnais was all hustle.

I look forward to seeing him a little more this year.

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