On Wednesday morning, the Habs announced that they have re-signed defenceman Joel Hanley to a one year, two-way contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Hanley joined the Canadiens at the beginning of free agency last offseason. He spent most of the season with St. John’s of the AHL, spending time on all three defence pairings. In 64 games with the IceCaps, he had five goals and eight assists with 25 PIMS and a -11 rating.
With all of the injuries to Montreal’s blueliners late in the year, Hanley got into ten games with the Habs. He collected six assists in ten games with the Tricolore while averaging 15:59 per night.
Hanley still has one year of waiver exemption left so it’s likely that he will once again start with the IceCaps in 2016-17. He was due a qualifying offer of $632,500 in the NHL and $70,000 at the AHL level.