MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens have signed centre Tomas Plekanec to a six-year contract.
Financial terms were not immediately available, but reports said the deal is worth US$30 million. Plekanec was eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
The 27-year-old led the Canadiens in scoring last season with 70 points, including 25 goals. He is also a strong defensive player who is adept at taking faceoffs.
In 393 career NHL games, the Czech Olympian has 103 goals and 151 assists.
Earlier Tuesday, the Canadiens signed fourth-line winger Mathieu Darche to a $500,000 one-year contract.