Habs’ Galchenyuk inks two-year extension

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Alex Galchenyuk has a lot of potential and over the course of his next deal, he’ll have a chance to prove that he’s worth a much bigger contract.

The Montreal Canadiens announced tonight that they have signed Galchenyuk to a two-year bridge deal.

The team didn’t disclose the terms of the contract, but it’s worth $5.6 million, according to Pierre LeBrun. Galchenyuk was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level contract.

The 21-year-old forward was taken with the third overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft after was able to make the leap to the NHL in 2013 following the lockout. Since then his responsibilities with Montreal have steadily grown to the point where he logged 16:35 minutes of ice time per game last season, including an average of 2:26 minutes with the man advantage. He finished the 2014-15 campaign with a career-high 20 goals and 46 points in 80 contests.

He also has four goals and 10 points in 22 career playoff games.