The Montreal Canadiens made a number of moves last season in an effort to get bigger, stronger and more physical. One of those moves was to trade for forward Andreas Martinsen. It did not really work out very well in the end.
Even though Martinsen only ended up playing in just 11 games for the Canadiens following the trade (nine regular season, two playoffs) they apparently saw enough from him to bring him back for a full season.
The Canadiens announced on Monday that they have signed Martinsen to a one-year, one-way contract for the 2017-18 season.
Financial terms of the deal were not released by the team, but Pierre LeBrun reports it will pay him $675,000.
In 119 games in his career with the Colorado Avalanche and Canadiens, the 6-3, 220-pound Martinsen has scored seven goals to go with 11 assists.
He did not record a point for the Canadiens following the trade. It’s a relatively small deal, but it is also a sign that perhaps Montreal is going to keep going for that tougher, more physical look throughout its lineup.