Montreal Canadiens Sign Tomas Plekanec to an Extension

Imtiaz FerdousCorrespondent IIJune 22, 2010

MONTREAL, QC - MAY 22:  Chris Pronger #20 of the Philadelphia Flyers defends against Tomas Plekanec #14 of the Montreal Canadiens in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2010 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre on May 22, 2010 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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TSN has reported that Tomas Plekanec has signed a six-year, $30 million contract extension. This takes another marquee free agent off of an already weak free agent class.

The Canadiens seem to have faith in their roster the way it is currently built and have kept all the major contributors except for Jaroslav Halak. The 27-year-old Plekanec set a career high in assists with 45 and career high in points with 70. If he continues putting up numbers like this he will be considered one of the league's best set-up men.

I personally feel this is a good signing by Montreal. Sure, the terms are a bit high according to some people, but you are never gonna pay the ideal price for a star player. Tomas Plekanec is a good player, but if the Toronto Maple Leafs really do have a tough physical team, all these small players will take a lot of beatings. And I haven't even mentioned Philadelphia.

This signing leaves plenty of cap space for the Montreal Canadiens to sign players like Price to an extension and maybe even go after a marquee free agent. The flexibility is great, but now the question will be how will the Canadiens do without Halak?