Wednesday, July 9, 2008

One RFA Down, One To Go: Gorges Signed

Josh Gorges, arguably the team's most improved player last season, is no longer a RFA.

Gorges, 23, signed a three-year, $3.3 million extension with Montreal. The length of the deal caught him a little by surprise.

"From where I started with the Montreal Canadiens to where I am now, I've taken steps forward," Gorges said from his off-season home in Kelowna, B.C. "The team gave me an opportunity to play and has shown faith in me."

"I didn't know what to expect. I was shocked at three years. They said they wanted me and it fit well for me."

The Canadiens acquired Gorges and a 2007 first-round draft pick (Max Pacioretty) from the San Jose Sharks in return for defenceman Craig Rivet and a fifth-round pick on Feb. 25, 2007.

The only RFA remaining is Ryan O'Byrne. The Habs have an estimated 7,506,366 remaining of cap space... Mats Sundin, you're still welcome here!

2 comments:

jerrytuts said...

even though we go below the cap, we can always sign sundin and pay him whatever cap space availability and fill in the rest with bonuses.

- gainey better pull this off

sasabainga said...

agreed!!! well said