TSN is reporting that the Montreal Canadiens have signed goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a two-year contract worth $1.55 million that will see him get paid $750,000 in 2008-09 and $800,000 in 2009-10.
Halak, 23, will begin his third season in the NHL this fall. In 2007-08, he played six games with the Canadiens, posting a 2-1-1 record, a 2.11 goals-against average and a .934 save percentage. He played in 28 games with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, posted a 15-10-2 record, a 2.10 goals against average and maintained the AHL's second-best save percentage (.929). He was selected 271st overall in 2003.
The Habs must now focus their efforts on re-signing RFA's Josh Gorges and Ryan O'Byrne.