Various sources report the Montreal Canadiens have signed veteran defenseman Jeff Woywitka to a one-year, two-way contract. Financial terms weren’t disclosed.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Woywitka was earned $650K last season on a one-way deal, so I daresay his NHL salary won’t be above that amount. He’s spent most of his pro career bouncing between the NHL and AHL, though he spent the past two with the Dallas Stars. He’ll be an affordable depth call-up.

**UPDATE** His salary at the NHL level will be $650K. Hat tip to Marc-Antoine Godin of La Presse.

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4 Responses to Canadiens sign Woywitka.

  1. delvecchio says:

    A somewhat odd move by the Canadiens as they are still several defencemen with more NHL experience and more points per games played still available.

    The Canadiens have over 4 Million left and still have to sign a Forward.

    Who will he be?

  2. HABS_FTW says:

    I don’t see any of the defencemen coming at a $650K and a 2 way contract though. It’s just insurance in case we get hit with the injury bug again. I think we gave away a 2nd and a 3rd rounder + a prospect trying to fill holes. Would be better just to call someone up.

  3. Casey says:

    Definitely injury insurance. If all goes well, he will spend most of the season in Hamilton. As for the 4 million, I will be shocked if Gauthier uses much of it. I’m not convinced we are signing any forward until we see how training camp goes.

  4. Steve says:

    I think this is a good “insurance” move for Montreal especially in lieu of the fact that they are carrying Spacek and Gill who are over 35 and exhibit diminishing skills and speed. For $650K, Woywitka is 27 and a pretty steady, consistent D-Man – so this could be a win-win for Montreal.

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