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Habs sign Barberio to a one-year, two-way deal

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The Montreal Canadiens have signed unrestricted free agent defenseman Mark Barberio to a one-year, two-way deal, the club announced.

According to TVA’s Renaud Lavoie, the deal is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $325,000 in the American Hockey League.

Barberio became an unrestricted free agent earlier in the week after the Tampa Bay Lightning elected not to tender the 25-year-old a qualifying offer.

“I’m not going to say it was disappointing. It’s time to get a fresh start somewhere else,” Barberio’s agent Paul Hamel told PHT on Monday. “It could go either way so at this point, they decided not to make a qualifying offer so we just need to move on.”

Barberio appeared in 103 games with Tampa scoring six goals and 11 assists while averaging 15:42 in time on ice.

The Montreal native was originally a sixth-round pick (152nd overall) by Tampa at the 2008 NHL Draft.

The Habs have also signed free agent forward George Holloway to a one-year, two-way contract.

The 27-year-old played 42 games with Bern in Swiss National League A in 2014-15, scoring 13 goals and 37 points.

Holloway was originally a third-round pick of the L.A. Kings (86th overall) at the 2006 NHL Draft.

Barberio looking for a ‘fresh start somewhere else,’ says agent

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Defenseman Mark Barberio’s name was not on the list of Tampa Bay Lightning players tendered qualifying offers on Monday. As a result, the 25-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent on Wednesday.

Barberio has spent parts of three seasons with the Tampa Bay Lightning scoring six goals and 17 points to go along with 44 penalty minutes in 103 games.

His one-year, $874,125 deal is set to expire on July 1.

“I’m not going to say it was disappointing. It’s time to get a fresh start somewhere else,” Barberio’s agent Paul Hamel told PHT on Monday. “It could go either way so at this point, they decided not to make a qualifying offer so we just need to move on.”

Originally a sixth-round selection (152nd overall) by the Bolts in 2008, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound blue liner appeared in 51 regular season games for Tampa during the 2014-15 season scoring one goal and six assists to go along with 16 penalty minutes and a minus-4 rating. He also appeared in one playoff game.

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