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Habs sign Erik Cole and Peter Budaj

Posted By Corey Krakower On Jul 1 2011 @ 3:02 pm In Montreal Canadiens | 1 Comment

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired 2 players today via the Unrestricted Free Agent Market. First; the team agreed to terms with 28 year old backup goaltender Peter Budaj to a 2 year deal worth $1.15M per season. The Habs wanted a goalie who was a bit younger than Auld so that they could sign him to a 2 year deal. Budaj is a former #1 goaltender and has spent his career with the Colorado Avalanche.

In a bigger splash, GM Pierre Gauthier agreed to terms with 32 year old power forward Erik Cole from the Carolina Hurricanes. Cole has been dominant when playing against the Canadiens over the years, and despite some health issues, he played all 82 games last year with the Canes, scoring 26 goals. He should be a great fit alongside Mike Cammalleri and Tomas Plekanec.

The Habs still have a few needs, but none that are pressing. They could use a fourth line center who can win faceoffs, kill penalties and bring a physical presence to the lineup. They could also potentially be in the market for a depth defenseman, seeing as their 5-6-7 right now are Yemelin, Spacek and Weber. Overall; a productive day for the Habs – well done Mr. Gauthier!

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