Pierre Dagenais is still a Montreal Canadien. After scoring 17 goals last time around, the Habs tallest player has resigned with the team for 550,000 over one season.
It is a one way deal, meaning chances are good that we will see the Blainville native in Montreal. Whether or not he plays a regular shift remains to be seen.
With a large amount of youth looking to break into the big time this year, namely Alex Perezhogin, Chris Higgins, Tomas Plekanec, and Marcel Hossa, a guy like Dagenais will have some competition for his second line spot alongside his good friend Mike Ribeiro.
During the lockout, the 27-year-old Dagenais put up 10 points (5G, 5A) in 7 regular season games with Anjoie of the Swiss League, and followed that up with 14 points (7G, 7A) in the playoffs.
In this supposed new look NHL, speed should be very useful. Unfortunately for Pierre, speed is not an asset he possesses. However, prior to the lockout Dagenais was in Montreal working hard on his skating, a good sign no doubt.
And, while he stands 6’5″, he is very reluctant to use that size in a physical way.
However, for all of his shortcomings, Dagenais is a textbook goal scorer with a wicked shot, who is willing to stick around for very little money (not that he would find much more cash elsewhere).
While we sit back in August and dream of our many youngsters flying around the ice in the CH for 20 minutes each night, chances are that, come October, the man who scored 17 goals and was a +15 in 50 games two years ago has a spot on the team. A spot that is his to lose.