One day after signing Group II free-agent holdout Brian Savage, the Montreal Canadiens did the same with fellow left wing Martin Rucinsky, signing him to a three-year, $7 million contract.
The first two years of the deal are guaranteed. The third year is a club option that, if it were picked up, would net Rucinsky $7 million over the duration of the contract.
The 6-1, 205-pound Rucinsky is in his seventh year in the NHL and fourth with the Canadiens. He played for the gold medal-winning Czech Rebublic team in the 1998 Winter Olympics.
The 26-year-old Rucinsky has played in 389 NHL games, recording 109 goals and 165 assists for 274 points. He was Montreal's lone remaining holdout after Savage ended his holdout Tuesday night and signed a two-year deal believed to be worth $3.5 million.
The signing of the duo should provide Montreal with some much-needed scoring punch. After scoring seven times in a season-opening victory over the New York Rangers, the Canadiens have been held to just seven goals in their last four games.
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