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Shaw, Canadians Agree to Contract Extension

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Andrew Shaw and the Montreal Canadians Have Agreed on a 6 Year Extension

The Montreal Canadians and forward Andrew Shaw have agreed on a contract extension. Shaw was acquired by the Canadians during the NHL draft from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for 2 second round draft picks. The contract is 6 years worth $3.9 million AAV, according to Darren Dreger.

Shaw was drafted by the Blackhawks in the 2011 NHL draft, and he made his debut the following year. Known as a gritty, hard working forward, Shaw found his way into the Blackhawks lineup in hopes he could replace some players they sold off following their 2010 Stanley Cup championship. he scored 12 goals in 37 games, but only appeared in 3 games during the playoffs. The following season, shortened by the NHL Lockout, he continued to get a bigger role, scoring 9 goals in 48 games, and found playoff success, putting up 9 points, which helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup.  Shaw found his offensive game in the 2014-15 season, where he scored 20 goals in 80 games. He followed that season with a 15 and a 14 goal season while appearing on the Blackhawks top 2 lines.

With his contract expiring and him set to become a restricted free agent on July 1st, the Blackhawks had to make a decision on him. Already facing cap problems and Shaw commanding above $3.5 million per year, the Blackhawks moved him to Montreal.

The Canadians are adding a young, 24, forward with the ability to play on any line, as well as the powerplay. A great deal of Shaw’s success came on the powerplay, where he would stand in front of the net and fight for lose pucks in the crease. The Canadians powerplay was 5th worst in the league, so adding a player like Shaw should help them improve in that category. He will likely be put into a top six role, he is certainly paid like one, which he had most of the 2015-16 season with the Blackhawks. The Canadians will hope that he can improve on his goal numbers, he set a career high in 2013-14 with 20, after he had two seasons in a row with 15 or less.