A day after the deadline for qualifying offers passed, the Habs on Monday announced the re-signing of F Blake Geoffrion. Although financial terms were officially not disclosed, he reportedly accepted his two-way qualifying offer meaning his NHL salary would be $803,250 while his AHL salary remains the same at $62,500. This means his cap hit has dropped by over $250,000 from his entry level pact, having no bonuses this time being the reason.
Geoffrion joined the Habs just prior to the trade deadline from the Predators as part of the Hal Gill trade, a move that also landed the Habs a second round pick used to select D Dalton Thrower. He reported to the Bulldogs for a handful of games before joining the club for the remainder of the season after the trade deadline passed.
Averaging just over 11 minutes per game, he picked up a pair of goals in 13 contests while spending 10 minutes in the penalty box. Those numbers were an improvement over his time with Nashville in 2011-12 where he had just three helpers in 22 games. His best season came in 2010-11 where he was a late season call up, picking up eight points in 20 regular season games before getting to play in 12 postseason contests where he had a pair of assists.
Geoffrion is three NHL games away from having to clear waivers to go to Hamilton. (If he plays all of 2012-13 with the Bulldogs, he will be waiver eligible at the end of the season as well). That, coupled with what appears to be an unwillingness to sign a cheaper NHL contract in return for a higher AHL salary like Brendon Nash, Aaron Palushaj, and Frederic St. Denis did, will likely work against him as he attempts to earn a spot in training camp.