Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Monday the signing of forward Maxim Lapierre to a two-year contract (2008-09 and 2009-10). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Maxim is part of our core of young players who contribute to the success of our team. The determination, grit and energy he brings to the ice are important assets that we are looking for in our young players,” said Bob Gainey.
Lapierre, 23, will begin his fourth season with the Canadiens this fall. In 2007-08, he set career highs in games played (53), goals, assists and points (7-11-18). He also served 60 penalty minutes.
A native of St-Leonard, Lapierre played his 100th NHL game on the last regular-season matchup last April 5, 2008. Thus far in his NHL career, he registered 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists), and added 84 penalty minutes.
Lapierre was selected 61st overall in the second round of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft by the Canadiens.