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Habs ink Gorges, add two coaches

Josh Gorges gets inked for one year. I had figured they’d try and go longer term, but no, one year, $2.5 million. Pretty reasonable if you ask me.

The Canadiens also added two assistant coaches, promoting Randy Cunneyworth and Randy Ladouceur from Hamilton. Clement Jodoin returns to the fold to coach the Bulldogs.

What does this all mean?

It means the Canadiens have a roster that is close to set, with a little more than $5 million left under the cap. Nice breathing room to have, and more than enough to add another veteran for the third line with lots of room left over.

Things are looking good in Montreal. With a healthy Gorges and Alex Emelin making his North American debut, the defence could be the best it has been in years.

Only two and a half months to go! Now if it would just cool down a bit…

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