Habs sign forward Desharnais

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Montreal, QC - The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward David Desharnais to a one-year contract.

Desharnais led Hamilton, Montrealís American Hockey League affiliate, in scoring last season with a franchise-record 78 points. He posted 27 goals and 51 assists in 60 regular-season games, then added 23 points in 19 playoff games.

The 23-year-old Quebec City native made his NHL debut last November and appeared in six games for the Canadiens last season, registering one assist.

Montreal also signed forward Alexander Avtsin to a three-year contract. The 19-year-old Moscow native was selected by the Canadiens in the fourth round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.


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