Canadiens re-sign Kostitsyn

Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn skates in a game against the Penguins in Pittsburgh, Penn.,...

Canadiens forward Andrei Kostitsyn skates in a game against the Penguins in Pittsburgh, Penn., March 12, 2011. (MARTIN CHEVALIER/QMI Agency)

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MONTREAL - Forward Andrei Kostitsyn signed a one-year contract worth a reported $3.25 million with the Montreal Canadiens Thursday, less than a month before the three-year deal he signed in 2008 expired.

"Andrei Kostitsyn is an important part of our group of forwards, and we are happy to have agreed to a contract extension with him," Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier said. "As a player drafted and developed by the Canadiens organization, Andrei ranks year after year amongst our point leaders."

Kostitsyn, the Canadiens' first-round draft pick in 2003, had 20 goals and 25 assists in 81 games during the 2010-11 season. He has played 326 career NHL games, all with the Canadiens.


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