The Montreal Canadiens and General Manager Bob Gainey continued to reshape the face and defensive core of Les Habitants today, signing Travis Moen to a three-year $4.5 million contract.
Moen, the second acquisition in as many hours on Friday, adds some much needed grit, size, and toughness on the front lines, while the addition of Paul Mara adds an even bigger thickness to the blue line.
"Travis Moen is a character player, he is versatile and he plays hard. His size and style will contribute to adding physicality to our team," Gainey said in a release addressing the media regarding the addition of Moen.
Moen has made many stops in his career, tuning up his engines in both Anaheim before being traded to San Jose collecting seven goals nine assists. In his entire NHL career, Travis Moen has 29 goals and 27 assists with more penalty minutes (487) than amount of games played (362).
Moen also brings his Stanley Cup experience to the team, scoring the winning goal to click the Cup back in 2007 with Anaheim.
"I'm a physical guy, finish my checks, stick up for teammates, am good defensively, do a lot of (penalty-killing) and try to chip in offensively when I can. There's a lot of history in Montreal and they look like they're going to have a great team again." Moen said to reporters Friday.
Moen knows the western conference very well, adding stops in Chicago and being drafted by Calgary to his repertoire. Despite being drafted by Calgary in the fifth round, 155th overall in 2000, he was never tendered a contract by his Calgary Flames and remained in the WHL.
After his short stint, Chicago picked up the left-handed winger and broke the lineup in the 2004 season, playing all 82 games in the season.
In his short career with Anaheim, he played on the third line and was never sent down or switched lines. He scored the Cup-winning goal and enjoyed winning the Stanley Cup.
When asked why he joined the Montreal Canadiens, Moen said it was because he felt the latest acquisitions conducted by GM Bob Gainey made Les Habitants Stanley Cup contenders.