The Habs took care of another one of their restricted free agents on
Wednesday, inking centre Gabriel Dumont to a two year, two way contract.
Although financial terms of the deal were not officially disclosed,
reporting that Dumont will earn $550,000 at the NHL level in 2013-14 and
$575,000 in the NHL in 2014-15 for a cap hit of $562,500.
The 2012-13 season was the best of Dumont’s young pro career. He was
one of the few bright spots of the Hamilton Bulldogs’ offence as he set career
highs in goals (16), assists (15), and points (31) 55 games en route to tying
Nathan Beaulieu for the team lead in points. Dumont also collected 83 PIMS
and a -2 rating, both career bests as well.
The 5’9 centre also made a bit of a mark with the Canadiens as Dumont got
into ten games with the big club, collecting his first ever points in the NHL
(one goal and two assists) while averaging 9:40 of ice time per game. The
litany of postseason injuries also forced him into a trio of postseason
contests; he averaged 6:20 per game while not collecting any points.
Although he has signed a two way deal, there’s no guarantee that Dumont will
be back in Hamilton next season. Since he has three pro seasons under his
belt, he must now clear waivers to join the Bulldogs (as will Michael Blunden,
Robert Mayer, Dustin Tokarski, plus recently signed forwards Martin St. Pierre
and Nick Tarnasky).
In other news, Wednesday is expected to be the day that first rounder Michael
McCarron decides on where he is going to play next season. He has
committed to Western Michigan in the NCAA while the London Knights have his
junior rights. It is widely expected that he will join London although
that has not yet been made official.
Also, the deadline for restricted free agents to file for arbitration has
passed. Ryan White was the only player eligible to do so and took
advantage of it, joining 20 others around the league who filed by the deadline.