The Habs have been active recently in re-signing some of their players in Laval and that continued on Friday as they announced that they’ve signed Laurent Dauphin to a one-year contract extension. The deal will pay the league minimum of $700,000 in the NHL, $175,000 in the AHL, and contains a total guarantee of $200,000.
The centre was acquired in early January in a swap of minor leaguers that needed a change of scenery with Michael McCarron going the other way. The 25-year-old got off to a slow start with the Rocket and spent a fair bit of time early on as a fourth liner. However, as injuries and recalls decimated Laval’s roster, he was moved up in the lineup and became one of their go-to players over the final few weeks of the season.
Overall, he wound up with seven goals and eight assists with the Rocket in 25 games, numbers that were nearly identical to the seven tallies and nine helpers he had in 33 games with AHL Milwaukee prior to the trade.
Dauphin would have been eligible for Group 6 unrestricted free agency this offseason as he has just 35 career NHL games under his belt over parts of his five full professional seasons. However, he’ll stick around with Laval and should be an important veteran for the Rocket, assuming he clears waivers next season.