The Montreal Canadiens continued their extremely busy day by re-signing Mike Weaver to a one year contract. They had already traded Josh Gorges to the Buffalo Sabres for a 2nd round pick, signed Manny Malhotra to a one year deal, and grabbed Tom Gilbert off the open market for a two year contract.
Weaver was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens at the trade deadline in March for a 5th round pick and vastly exceeded expectations. He became an enormous part of the Canadiens penalty kill, and proved to be a solid third pairing defenseman on the Canadiens run to the Eastern Conference Final.
The one year deal will pay Weaver 1.75 million dollars, a slight and well earned raise on his 1.1 million dollar salary from this past season. Weaver is a 36 year old veteran who will help ease the youth movement on the blue line as Nathan Beaulieu and Jarred Tinordi will see increased roles with the team next season.
With the departure of Gorges, Weaver will remain a huge part of the Canadiens penalty kill this coming season. He was partnered with Beaulieu late in the postseason, and allowed the smooth skating and puck rushing defender to join the rush often, as Weaver stayed back in his defensive role.
Weaver is a veteran of 602 NHL games and has scored 93 points. Offense is certainly not his forte, but the Habs retain a steady veteran defensive presence who can help the young blue liners learn the ropes of the NHL.
The Canadiens have now lost Gorges, but signed a solid second pairing defender right shot in Gilbert, a third pairing right handed guy in Weaver, and a fourth line center in Malhotra.
The Habs added three depth players who can help out the team next season and incredibly on July 1st, did not overspend for any of them.