Plekanec, Canadiens agree on two-year extension

Plekanec signed a two-year contract extension with the Canadiens on Friday worth a reported $12 million that will keep him with his only NHL team through the 2017-18 season.


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"The first thing you obviously ask yourself and talk about is, 'Do you want to stay in Montreal?'" Plekanec said. "There was no question about that, so then they could start talking and make a deal."

The $6 million NHL compensation top charge is a $1 million yearly increment on his present contract, however the two-year term gives the Canadiens some highly required adaptability later on. Plekanec's new contract will terminate in the meantime as the six-year, $39 million contract of goaltender Carey Price, and it's reasonable to accept the Canadiens will require some extra room under the compensation top to oblige what will probably be a robust raise for Price.

Plekanec said he never gave any idea to sitting tight for more years on the agreement, despite the fact that he will be 35 when it closures, which means his next contract will represent a mark against a group's compensation top regardless of the possibility that he resigns.

In any case, Plekanec is not considering that at this time, in light of the fact that two weeks short of his 33rd birthday on Oct. 31 he is still an exceptionally compelling player.

Plekanec has four objectives in five recreations this season focusing Montreal's top line with commander Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher, playing on the top strategic maneuver and punishment executing units, as he has for the larger part of his 10-year profession.

"We utilize him in light of the fact that we believe his diversion, and that is the most essential thing," Canadiens mentor Michel Therrien said. "You realize that he's not going to cheat to get rewards. He's going to get rewards in light of the fact that he's going to do the right things. That is only the way he is."

Plekanec has missed 12 recreations in the previous nine seasons and has scored no less than 20 objectives in seven of his previous eight complete seasons, with 14 in 47 amusements in the lockout-abbreviated 2012-13 season.

Over that time, Plekanec has earned a notoriety for being the quintessential expert, regularly the first on the ice for practice and a pioneer by sample.

It was suitable Plekanec got the agreement's news from his operators Rick Curran as he was getting dressed to take the ice for a discretionary practice Friday, one of five Canadiens regulars to take the alternative to skate.

At the point when Pacioretty heard the agreement's news while the practice was going on, he ventured out to the arena and gave Plekanec a round of commendation.

"He's a slippery gentleman. He didn't tell anybody. So I needed to ensure he was somewhat humiliated. He's a modest individual, that is how he is. Everybody's truly energized for him," Pacioretty said. "I've said it some time recently, however that is the reason he's so regarded in our room, is he needn't bother with acknowledgment. He's going to show up and be an expert consistently. He skated today. He sets a decent illustration for every one of us in the matter of how to get ready for the diversion and play the right route on the ice also."

In the event that Plekanec stays sound, he has an opportunity to end up one of the top players in Canadiens history.

On the off chance that he plays each diversion in the middle of now and the end of his new get, an in number plausibility considering his reputation of solidness, Plekanec will reach 1,007 amusements played. That would rank fifth in Canadiens history, behind Henri Richard (1,256), Larry Robinson (1,202), Bob Gainey (1,160) and Jean Beliveau (1,125).

On the off chance that Plekanec midpoints 50 focuses throughout the following three seasons, just beneath his normal of 54.6 focuses over his previous eight full seasons, he would reach 649 focuses and sit tenth on the Canadiens untouched rundown.

Checking out the Canadiens changing area, with the photos of 45 individuals from the Hockey Hall of Fame looking down on him, Plekanec does not yet feel he has a place in that discussion.

There is one thing missing, and with his Canadiens off to a 5-0-0 begin playing before the best goaltender in the NHL, this may be the year it is tended to.

"You take a gander at all these gentlemen around the room on the photos, they won the Stanley Cup, and that is the enormous distinction. On the off chance that we win the Stanley Cup, then that is fine," Plekanec said. "That is the reason me by and by, I would never go there. … The Stanley Cup is the imprint for me. In the event that we win the Stanley Cup, then ask me then
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