The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed center Gabriel Dumont to a two year, two way deal this afternoon. He will carry a cap hit of $562,500 dollars over the course of the deal.
The Ville Degelis, Quebec native led the young Hamilton Bulldogs in points last season with 31, before being called up to the Canadiens, where he suited up for 10 NHL games this past season.
He scored one goal and added a pair of assists with the Habs. Dumont is only 5’9, but plays a very gritty, two way style, and showed he could be very effective on the Canadiens fourth line.
Dumont threw 21 hits and won 63 percent of his draws in his short stint with the big club last season.
Ryan White now remains as the only restricted free agent from the Canadiens roster last season still looking for a new deal. Assuming they get White’s name on a contract, the bottom six of the Habs lineup will have plenty of speed, grit and toughness with the likes of Dumont, White, Travis Moen, George Parros and Brandon Prust all available.
Unless more outside help is brought in to the Canadiens in the near future, Dumont has the inside track on being the Canadiens fourth line center entering next season.