Canadiens ink Pacioretty

Max Pacioretty's season was cut short during a March game against the Boston Bruins. (QMI...

Max Pacioretty's season was cut short during a March game against the Boston Bruins. (QMI Agency/Eric Bolte)

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, Last Updated: 12:03 PM ET

MONTREAL -- The Montreal Canadiens inked forward Max Pacioretty to a two-year contract on Monday.

"We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with Max Pacioretty, who is one of the most promising young players in our organization," said Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier. "A power forward with skills, Max showed that he can help our team and make a name for himself in the NHL. We are confident that he will have recovered fully from the injury which kept him out of the lineup for the last month of the regular season and the playoffs."

The 22-year-old was having a career year, posting 14 goals and 24 points in 37 games after a mid-December call-up from Hamilton of the American Hockey League, until his season was cut short during a March 8 game against the Boston Bruins.

Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion, as well as a fracture of the fourth cervical vertebrae as a result of a questionable hit by Bruins defenceman Zdeno Chara.

Pacioretty was charging down the left-wing side near the benches during the last minute of the second period of a 4-1 Montreal win. Chara went to pinch Pacioretty off and forced him into a dangerous spot where a pane of glass separates the benches. His head hit the padded support before he tumbled straight to the ice.

Chara was given an interference major and a game misconduct but was neither fined nor suspended. Pacioretty missed the remainder of the season plus the Habs' seven-game first-round loss to the eventual Cup champions.

Over 123 games in three seasons, all with Montreal, the Connecticut native has compiled 20 goals and 49 points.


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