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Montreal says au revoir to Armstrong

Jun 29, 2013, 4:35 PM EDT


Colby Armstrong‘s time as a Canadien is up.

On Saturday, Montreal GM Marc Bergevin confirmed the 30-year-old forward would not be back with the club next season after playing 2013 on a one-year, $1 million deal.

After two largely forgettable seasons in Toronto, Armstrong signed with the Habs last summer in the hopes of reviving his career. The former 22-goal scorer did have an impact, playing 37 games (2G-3A-5PTS) while averaging over 11 minutes per night, but felt as though he could’ve shown more.

“It’s unfortunate that I hurt my knee at the end of the year,” he told the team website. “I was able to come back a little bit early to try and salvage a small part of the shortened season.

“I had some highs and lows, but I believe that I still managed to do a good job fulfilling my role.”

A gritty winger that scored 16, 12, 13, 22 and 15 goals in his first five seasons in the league, Armstrong has just 11 goals over his last three seasons.

  1. pensman29 - Jun 29, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    And I believe in his first 5 years he was playing on crosbys line.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 4:42 AM

      He certainly isn’t the first or last guy to have his offensive numbers deflated after leaving Malkin and Crosby’s good graces. I’m looking at you, Ryan Whitney.

  2. villi5ed - Jun 29, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    “The former 22-goal scorer did have an impact, playing 37 games (2G-3A-5PTS) ….”

    Shouldn’t that read “did not have an impact”? Five points! Impact??

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