Habs lose two forwards, re-sign defenceman

Canadiens defenceman Hal Gill stretches during the warm-up prior to a game against the Thrashers at...

Canadiens defenceman Hal Gill stretches during the warm-up prior to a game against the Thrashers at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Que., March 29, 2011. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

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The Montreal Canadiens have lost a pair of forwards but they have re-signed a defenceman. Veteran Hal Gill, 36, has agreed to a deal worth $2.25 million and forgo free agency.

However, Nigel Dawes and Dustin Boyd -- a pair of fringe prospects with the Habs -- have signed one-year contracts with Barys Astana, according to the Kontinental Hockey League team.

Both players were acquired by the Canadiens during the past year and were set to become restricted free agents July 1.

Dawes, a 26-year-old left winger, has 39 goals and 45 assists in 212 career NHL games. He played four games with the Canadiens this past season and had no points, but he had 14 goals in 20 playoff games with Hamilton of the AHL.

Montreal acquired Dawes and defenceman Brent Sopel from the Atlanta Thrashers Feb. 24.

Boyd, a 24-year-old centre, had one goal in 10 games with the Canadiens this season. He has 32 goals and 31 assists in 220 NHL career games.


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