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Paul Mara Signs $1.9 Million Deal With Montreal Canadiens

WASHINGTON - APRIL 18: Paul Mara #27 of the New York Rangers hits Nicklas Backstrom #19 of the Washington Capitals during Game Two of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Verizon Center on April 18, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
----- -----------Correspondent IJuly 10, 2009

Like sand through the hour glass, these are the days of our Habs.

Bob Gainey, GM of the Montreal Canadiens, knows what it means to be a worker bee. First, he traded Christopher Higgens combined with the rights of another player and a first-round draft pick for Scott Gomez and his $7.3 million per year contract for the next five years.

Then he spends just about $107 million in signing Hal Gill, Jaroslav Spacek, Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta in contracts ranging from two years to five years. 

His next move to beef up and make up the loss of Mike Komisarek to the Toronto Maple Leafs?

Signing Paul Mara to a one-year contract. Terms of the deal have not yet been released but it is estimated to be in the $1.9 million range. 

"Paul Mara will bring size and experience to our group of defensemen. He can contribute to all facets of the game," Gainey said in a statement.

Paul Mara came off a less-than-impressive season last year. With 16 assists and five goals, his point production was capped at 21. In his 10 seasons in the NHL, Mara has a total of 239 points, 63 of which are goals. 

Mara was considered to be a potential top two defenseman, as he went seventh overall in the 1997 NHL entry draft.

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