Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey started locking up vital pieces of his squad for the upcoming 2008-09 season today signing gritty centreman Maxim Lapierre to a two-year deal.
"Max is part of our core of young players who contribute to the success of our team. The determination, grit, and energy he brings to the ice are important assets that we are looking for in our young players," Gainey commented.
At 23, Lapierre finished his third season with the Canadiens. He set career-highs in 2007-08 with games played (53), goals, assists, and points (7-11-18) with 60 PIMs. Lapierre played in his 100th NHL game in the last regular season game on April 5, 2008.
Thus far in his career, Max has notched 13 goals and 17 assists for 30 points along with 84 PIMs. Lapierre was the Canadiens 61st overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
Lapierre finished a three-year deal that paid him $625,000 in his first pro season, which was followed by $562,000 each of the last two season.
Lapierre will make $575,000 in 2008-09 and $800,000 in 2009-10.