The Canadiens announced the signing of UFA forward Yanick Lehoux to a one-year contract today.
Lehoux, 26, split last season with the AHL's San Antonio Rampage (Phoenix affiliate) and Khimik Moscow of the Russian Elite League.
Lehoux, a career minor-leaguer thus far, has accumulated some decent numbers wherever he's played. In 315 AHL games, he's racked up 103 goals and 240 points. In junior playing in the QMJHL for Baie-Comeau, he tallied 164 goals and 382 points in 266 games, including a 135-point season.
He's only played in 10 NHL games, all with Phoenix, tallying 4 points in 10 games.
He was drafted 86th overall in 2000 by Los Angeles.
With Chipchura likely to make the big club and Corey Locke gone to Minnesota in exchange for Shawn Belle, Lehoux is expected to fill a big gap at the center position in Hamilton.