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Canadiens Get Beaulieu For Two More Years

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After a long and intense wait, Montreal Canadiens fans got the news they’ve been waiting for. Nathan Beaulieu and the Habs have agreed to terms on a two-year contract.

The 22 year old played 64 regular season games in 2014-15, recording one goal and eight assists for a total of nine points, as well as grabbing 45 penalty minutes (also taking part in eight games with the Hamilton Bulldogs, notching two goals and two assists with nine penalty minutes). Along with a positive impression on fans, Beaulieu also played 12 games in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, where he played five games (he missed the rest of the Ottawa series due to an upper-body injury) and recorded three assists and two penalty minutes.

GM Marc Bergevin got a great deal when signing Beaulieu at two million over two years, especially considering that he has a strong potential to be one of the best defensemen that Habs will have during those two years. Beaulieu possibly pairing up with P.K. Subban will help him move forward, considering Subban is a fast paced player and Beaulieu will match up perfectly with the “Subbanator.” It will not be a surprise when he is signed long term in 2017 at a very high cost, which works out well with the end of Andrei Markov‘s contract that same year.

All in all, it will be great to see Nathan Beaulieu grow into a strong defenseman which will give Bergevin the chance to trade the many defensemen the Habs have on their roster (Alexei Emelin and Tom Gilbert, anyone?). Thinking about 2015-16 regular season with Beaulieu, Greg Pateryn, Subban, possibly Jarred Tinordi, and Markov will definitely keep most of us fans happy for a few weeks.

And now, we wait on Alex Galchenyuk.

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