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Roundup: Habs re-up with Geoffrion, Pens sign Strait

Jul 16, 2012, 10:44 AM EDT

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Montreal re-ups with Geoffrion

The Canadiens have kept some famous bloodlines in the organization by agreeing to terms with RFA forward Blake Geoffrion on a one-year, two-way deal worth $803,250.

Geoffrion, 24, is the great-grandson of Hockey Hall of Famer Howie Morenz and his paternal grandfather is also a Hall of Famer — Bernie “Boom-Boom” Geoffrion, the former Canadien known for inventing the slapshot.

A former standout at the University of Wisconsin, Geoffrion broke onto the scene in his rookie year in Nashville, scoring 6G-2A-8PTS in 20 games during the 2010-11 season. He regressed during his sophomore campaign, however, and was packaged as part of the deal that saw Hal Gill go from Montreal to the Predators at the trade deadline.

Last season, Geoffrion played a career-high 35 games at the NHL level — 22 with Nashville, 13 with Montreal — scoring 2G-3A-5PTS and averaging over 11 minutes per night.

Pittsburgh gets Strait

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Penguins have agreed to terms with RFA defenseman Brian Strait on a one-year, two-way contract worth $605,000 at the NHL level.

Strait, 24, has only seen action in 12 NHL games over the last two years, spending most of his time with AHL Wilkes-Barre. That said, he could be in the mix for a regular gig with Pittsburgh this season — following the trade of Zbynek Michalek to Phoenix, the Penguins essentially have an open competition for the bottom pairing on its blueline between the likes of Strait, Deryk Engelland, Ben Lovejoy, Philip Samuelsson and Simon Despres.

  1. scionofflame - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Good for Blake! Liked him during his times in Nashville, and hope he does great things for the Canadiens.

  2. jpelle82 - Jul 16, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    pens have so many defensemen coming up, especially after the draft this year, healthy competition is a good thing, i predict depres is ready this year. pens need engellands fist in losing asham, maybe if tanner glass makes the lineup he can take that role though.

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