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Andrew Shaw Signs Six Year, $23.4 Million Contract with Montreal Canadiens

Forward Andrew Shaw has yet to play a game for the Montreal Canadiens, but he’s already signed to play for them for the next six seasons.

Andrew Shaw Signs Six Year, $23.4 Million Contract with Montreal Canadiens

Shaw, 24, was acquired by the Montreal Canadiens for two second round draft picks in the 2016 NHL Entry draft. He was traded for right after the Canadiens moved forward Lars Eller to the Washington Capitals for second round two draft picks in 2017 and 2018.

Shaw won two Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks and was drafted in 2011, back when current Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin was an assistant general manager on the Blackhawks. There were rumours that Shaw wanted four and a half million with the Blackhawks, hence why they moved him, but Shaw eventually signed with the Canadiens for $3.9 million per season. The lack of any protection clauses means the Canadiens will have to protect Andrew Shaw in the upcoming expansion draft to ensure he plays those years with the Habs.


Shaw scored 14 goals, 20 assists for 34 points with the Blackhawks in the 2015-16 NHL regular season. He added four goals and two assists for six points in six postseason games the same year. Shaw is known to take the bad penalty or two and was suspended for one playoff game by the NHL for uttering a homophobic slur in the 2016 playoffs. He was ordered to undergo sensitivity treatment.

Shaw is now paid more than Canadiens right winger Brendan Gallagher ($3.75 million), becoming the third highest paid forward on the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens are expected to still be active once free agency begins on Friday, July 1st. The Canadiens currently have a projected $8.6 million in cap space according to General Fanager. Shaw is expected to slot in the middle six, more than likely on the right wing of either Tomas Plekanec on the second line or fellow former Blackhawk Phillip Danault on the third line.


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