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Josh Gorges signs six-year extension with Montreal

Jan 1, 2012, 6:39 PM EDT

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It’s a good day to be Josh Gorges.

The Montreal Canadiens locked up their stud defenseman to a six-year contract extension. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun tweets that the deal is worth $3.9 million per season against the cap for a total of $23.4 million.

Gorges has emerged as perhaps Montreal’s best young defensive defenseman and as a guy who Canadiens fans have rallied around hoping the team would keep him around. Consider that wish granted.

The price tag for a guy known more for stopping opponents than contributing offensively seems to be a bit high and the years could be daunting given Gorges’ injury struggles. It’s a gutsy (or desperate) move by GM Pierre Gauthier, however, after he gave Andrei Markov a new contract in the offseason while his knee turned to Jell-O.

  1. danphipps01 - Jan 1, 2012 at 10:54 PM

    Overpriced for an own-zone guy – or at least an own-zone guy who isn’t absolutely fantastic at it, like Dan Hamhuis or Brooks Orpik. Doubly so with injury concerns. But this is hardly Gauthier’s first dicey move as GM, is it?

  2. mikebel11 - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:24 AM

    More shot blocks than Hamhuis and Orpik combined and a +6 rating on a team that’s scored considerably less goals than Vancouver and Pittsburgh suggests he’s every bit as good an own-zone guy as both those players. He’s only had one major injury in his career and came back from it playing at the same high level as before so I wouldn’t call that injury concerns. Comparable stats to Orpik over the last few years aside from last years injury and only making $100 000 more/year. Hamhuis is at 4.5M because of an offensive upside. I think this is the first good move Gauthier has made as the GM.

    • danphipps01 - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:59 AM

      Hm. Good points. Well, we’ll see how it pans out, but you’ve given me reason to reconsider my initial confidence that this was yet another bad move.

      • mikebel11 - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:16 PM

        As a Canadiens fan, I can tell you this is one of few guys on the roster that all Habs fans wanted locked up long term. He never gets the credit he deserves for being one of the top defensive defenseman in the league year in and year out. I, along with everyone I know, was outraged that they gave Markov the long term extension this summer instead of Gorges and Wisneiwski and they’re clearly paying for that move down in 12th place right now. Hopefully this over commitment to 13 players next years spells the buyout of Gomez in the summer.

  3. drewsylvania - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:58 AM

    I like it when other teams overcommit on players. Thanks MTL.

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