Marc Bergevin continued to add to Montreal’s forward depth on Saturday, signing winger Chris Terry to a one year, two-way contract. He will reportedly earn $600,000 at the NHL level and $300,000 at the AHL level.
The 27 year old Terry played in 68 games with Carolina last season. He picked up eight goals and three assists with 16 PIMS and a -12 rating while averaging 11:16 of ice time per game. He also recorded 82 hits.
Terry has played in 138 career NHL games, all with the Hurricanes. In that span, he has 20 goals and 14 assists with a career high in points of 20 set back in 2014-15.
At first glance, Terry likely is someone the Habs expect to start the season in St. John’s, provided he makes it through waivers. He last played in the AHL in 2013-14, recording 28 goals and 41 assists in 70 games, good for sixth in league scoring that year. However, since he does have some recent NHL experience, he’ll likely be part of the battle for the final roster spot or two with the Canadiens in training camp.
Terry now gives the Habs 48 players under contract for next season with RFA Phillip Danault still to re-sign. However, three of those contracts (Sergachev, Juulsen, and McNiven) are eligible to slide if they don’t play ten or more NHL games next year.