Leafs and Habs Lock In Some Key Players


NHL teams have been busy locking in their players for the upcoming season.

The Montreal Canadiens have signed former Winnipeg Jets defenceman Ben Chiarot to a three-year contract with an average annual value of $3.5 million.

Coming in at 6'3", the Hamilgon hative had a career-high 20 points and 62 penalty minutes in 78 games with the Jets last season.

"He is a very reliable defenceman and a solid player who will fill a need for our club,'' says Canadiens General Manager Marc Bergevin.”He is the type of player who can play some big minutes and be used in different situations. We are convinced he will improve our defensive group."

Also in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference, the Toronto Maple Leafs have signed two of their newest acquisitions to contract extensions.

Defenceman Cody Ceci agreed to a one-year extension with an average annual value of $4.5 million, while forward Alex Kerfoot has signed on for four more years with an annual average value of $3.5 million.

Ceci was acquired in a trade with the Ottawa Senators while Kerfoot came over in a deal with the Colorado Avalanche.


— With files from The Canadian Press