Canadiens general manger Bob Gainey can scratch another player of his restricted free agents list. Wednesday, July 9thBob Gainey resigned 23 year old defensemen Josh Gorges to a three year, $3.3 million dollar deal which will pay him $1.1 million a season.
“Josh established himself as a key member of our defensive squad last season. His reliability and solid play made him one of our most improved players. He is a young defenseman with a very good work ethic,’’ said Bob Gainey.
Last season, Gorges played in 62 games for the Canadiens and notched 9 assists and had an even +/- rating. He also played in all 12 Canadiens playoff games recording 3 assists.
A native of Kelowna, British Columbia, Gorges was acquired by the Canadiens from the San Jose Sharks on February 25, 2007 along with a first-round selection in 2007 (Max Pacioretty), in return for Craig Rivet and a fifth-round selection in 2008. He has played 165 career games in the NHL, scoring 19 points (one goal, 18 assists), and serving 89 penalty minutes.
Gorges is the third restricted free agent to resign with the Canadiens, the other two being forward Andrei Kostitsyn and goaltender Jaroslav Halak.