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Curtis Sanford adds goalie depth to Montreal Canadiens

BUFFALO - OCTOBER 17:  Goalie Curtis Sanford #41 of the Vancouver Canucks blocks the net during the game against the Buffalo Sabres on October 17, 2008 at HSBC Arena in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by: Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Kevin van SteendelaarAnalyst IJuly 20, 2009

OK, cue the music and get all the Fred Sanford jokes out.

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The Montreal Canadiens picked up free-agent goaltender Curtis Sanford today, signing him to a one-year, two-way contract.

The Canadiens' press release does not disclose the financial terms of the deal ,but NHL Numbers has him pegged at $600K.

Sanford is a career 37-37-11, with a 2.76 GAA and a .901 Save Percentage.

He saw more action in St. Louis before serving as a back-up, in 35 games for Roberto Luongo, the last two seasons in Vancouver.

With the arrival of Andrew Raycroft in Vancouver, Sanford’s services were no longer needed by the Canucks.

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The 29-year-old will find himself in Hamilton as a back-up to Cedric Desjardins and likely be called up if injuries occur to Carey Price or Jaroslav Halak. Such was the case last season with Marc Denis last season.

The Canadiens’ Web site also offers an interesting by the numbers look at the Habs’ newest goaltender.

Another tidbit: He was a teammate of Sean Avery when they played Jr. hockey with the Owen Sound Platers.

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