The Montreal Canadiens have announced that they have re-signed forward Josh Anderson to a seven-year, $38.5 million deal with an annual average value of $5.5 million The contract carries him through the 2026-27 season. The deal includes a no-trade clause
The Canadiens have agreed to terms on a 7-year deal with forward Josh Anderson. (AAV $5.5M).
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Josh Anderson Re-Signed by the Canadiens
Anderson was previously traded to the Canadiens as part of the Max Domi deal just the other day. He is coming off a three-year deal which had an average annual salary of $1.85 million per season. The final year of his deal was extremely disappointing as he went through an injury-riddled season only appearing in 26 games. When he did play he just didn’t produce like he did the previous year where he scored a career-high 27 goals and 47 points.
Last season, Anderson scored just one goal and three assists for four points in 26 games.
Over his career, Anderson has scored 65 goals and added 50 assists for 115 points in 267 games.
Anderson was originally drafted by the Columbus Blue Jackets in the fourth round, 95th overall in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
What This Means for the Future
Anderson is looking to bounce back from a terrible statistical season. After hitting double digits in goals for three straight seasons and putting up a whopping 27 during the 2018-19 season, he managed just one in 2019-20. Now obviously, a lot of that can be contributed to playing just 26 games, however, Anderson just was not himself this past season. He does, however, bring a lot more than goal-scoring to the table. Anderson plays with an edge to his game. Not afraid to mix it up and gets in the dirty areas of the ice. He takes part physically, using his large six-foot-three, 222 lbs frame to win puck battles and finish his checks. Anderson is your classic power forward who does possess a great shot that he can create on his own.
Anderson is more of a depth player than an everyday top-six scorer, however, he can move up the lineup as needed. He is certainly a sure bet to bounce back to form in the upcoming season.