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Habs sign Beaulieu to a two-year, $2 million extension

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The Montreal Canadiens have come to terms on a two-year contract extension with defenseman Nathan Beaulieu the club announced.

According to multiple reports, the deal is for $2 million ($1 million AAV) and is a one-way contract.

Beaulieu was set to become a restricted free agent with his three-year, $3.8 million entry-level contract expiring.

The 22-year-old appeared in 65 games with the Canadiens in 2014-15 scoring one goal and eight assists while averaging 15:42 in time on ice.

He also appeared in eight American Hockey League games with the Hamilton Bulldogs scoring two goals and four points.

With Beaulieu and Jeff Petry signed, the Habs have seven defensemen under contract for next season.

GM Marc Bergevin announced last month that the club would not re-sign pending unrestricted free agents Mike Weaver and Sergei Gonchar.

Related: Hearing from Price and Subban ‘weighed in a lot’ on Petry’s decision

Habs cutting ties with Gonchar, Malhotra, Weaver

Montreal Canadiens v Arizona Coyotes

Three of the oldest players on the Montreal roster are on their way out.

Manny Malhotra, Mike Weaver and Sergei Gonchar — the Habs’ elder statesman this year, at 41 — won’t be brought back for next season, GM Marc Bergevin confirmed during Friday’s end-of-season presser.

The moves don’t come as a huge surprise, given all were pending UFAs and none played in the playoffs. Malhotra had the biggest role on the team during the regular season, appearing in 58 games, and Gonchar did provide some offense on the back end, racking up 13 points in 45 games.

Weaver, a renowned shot-blocker that played regularly in last year’s run to the Eastern Conference Final, was largely a spare part this season and appeared in just 31 games, one of the lowest totals of his career.

It’ll be interesting to see what each player does next. The 34-year-old Malhotra, the youngest of the three, said he wants to keep playing; Weaver, who just turned 37, has played for six different teams over the last 13 years and always seems to find somewhere to sign. Gonchar could very well be done.

Finally, it’s worth noting that over $7 million comes off the books with Gonchar, Weaver and Malhotra leaving town. Important, because the club has said that re-signing pending UFA d-man Jeff Petry is a priority, and Petry isn’t going to come cheap.

Petry says signing with Montreal is his first choice

Montreal Canadiens v Tampa Bay Lightning - Game Four

“Personally, I’d love to see him back. I think he compliments our defense corps great and I think that, at his age, good defensemen like that are hard to come by.”

That quote comes courtesy Montreal’s P.K. Subban, speaking at Thursday’s end-of-year media availability about fellow blueliner Jeff Petry.

Petry, a pending UFA who came to Montreal at the trade deadline and showed very well, is thought to be at the top of Habs GM Marc Bergevin’s priority list this summer.

Turns out the Habs are high on Petry’s list, too.

Petry, 27, scored seven points in 19 regular-season games with the Habs while averaging 22:11 TOI per night, then continued that strong effort in the postseason with three points in 12 games, averaging 22:17.

It’s clear Montreal would like him back. D-men Sergei Gonchar and Mike Weaver are also UFAs — not expected to be re-signed — and while Bergevin needs to ink new deals for RFAs Alex Galchenyuk and Nathan Beaulieu, Petry could fit within Montreal’s current cap structure.

But it won’t be easy.

First, there’s a money issue — Petry made $3.075M last season and would likely see a significant raise on the open market. This year’s UFA d-man class isn’t especially deep, and it’d be hard for Petry to ignore the payday Matt Niskanen scored by going to market last summer (seven years, $40.25 million from Washington.)

Petry should also have a number of interested suitors. Chief among them would be the Detroit Red Wings, who have been on a seemingly endless search for a right-shot defenseman (Petry shoots right). What’s more, Petry is a Michigan native, a Michigan State Spartan alumni — where he was teammates with Justin Abdelkader — and the son of ex-MLB pitcher Dan Petry, who helped the Detroit Tigers win the 1984 World Series.

Habs rule out Beaulieu (upper body) for first four games of Round 2

Nathan Beaulieu

The series-ending injury Montreal d-man Nathan Beaulieu suffered against Ottawa will carry over to Round 2, per TVA Sports.

Beaulieu will miss the first four games of the next round, with an upper-body injury suffered during Game 3 of the Sens series on this hit from Erik Karlsson:

Beaulieu, 22, remained in that contest but didn’t play in the third period or overtime, and missed the final three games of the series.

It’s likely that Montreal head coach Michel Therrien will continue to play Greg Pateryn on defense in place of Beaulieu, as he did for the second half of the Ottawa series. That said, Therrien has options: Sergei Gonchar and Mike Weaver, a pair of veterans, are currently sitting as healthy scratches and could draw in.

After Karlsson hit, Habs rule out Beaulieu for rest of Round 1

Karlsson hit

The Montreal Canadiens are rolling at the moment with a commanding 3-0 series lead against Ottawa, but announced some bad news on Tuesday, ruling out d-man Nathan Beaulieu for the rest of the opening round.

Beaulieu, 22, was hurt on this hit from Sens captain Erik Karlsson in Game 3:

Beaulieu remained in the contest but didn’t play in the third period or overtime.

The loss will sting Montreal a bit — Beaulieu played 15:34 and 12:47 in the first two games of the series — but the club is well equipped to deal with losing a defenseman. Sergei Gonchar, Greg Pateryn and Mike Weaver all sat out Game 3, and it looks as though Pateryn will draw in for tomorrow’s potential close-out contest.