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- January hasn't been a kind month for Lars Eller. He has just 12 points in 44 games, his lowest PPG average of any month.
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, RDS is 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.