Dach agrees to a four-year, $13.45 million contract with Canadiens

Kirby roof On Wednesday it agreed to a four-year, $13.45 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens. Its average annual value is $3.3625 million.

The 21-year-old forward was a restricted free agent. He achieved his highest level in the National Hockey League in goals (nine), assists (17) and points (26) in 70 games with the Chicago Blackhawks last season. Dach was traded to the Canadians by the Blackhawks on July 7 for No. 13 (middle Frank Nazar) and No. 66 (Forward Gavin Hayes) selects in the 2022 NHL Draft.

“The four-year agreement will really help me in the long run if all goes well,” Dutch said. “…But at the end of the day, it’s about winning the Stanley Cups, it’s not about making a lot of money. That obviously comes down the road, but it’s only second to the win.”

“I’m excited to be here. The first day was good, good skiing. It’s good to be next to the guys. I’m just looking forward to the start of camp and moving on.”

Chosen by Chicago with the No. 3 selection in the 2019 NHL Draft, Dach has 59 points (19 goals, 40 assists) in 152 regular season games. He has six points (one goal, five assists) in nine Stanley Cup games.

“There is no such thing as being 100 per cent certain in this business, but we think it has a lot of potential,” said Kent Hughes, Canadians general manager. “We believe in this environment, with our group, with our coach (Martin St. Louis), with our development group and the dressing room personality, that this is a better environment for Kirby Dach and an environment in which he will do good things in the Montreal Canadiens organization… We are ready to bet on it. .”

Dash broke his right wrist in December 2020 while playing for Canada at the IIHF World Junior Championships ahead of the start of the 2020-21 season. He returned on March 27, 2021 and has 10 points (2 goals, eight assists) in 18 matches.

“I feel 100 percent healthy, no wrist issues anymore,” Dash said. “I’ve made a full recovery. I think it took a little longer than I thought it would be… I just feel confident and ready to play, just really looking forward to camp to try and prove myself and create something in the league.”

Montreal missed the playoffs last season after reaching the cup final in 2021. The Canadians (22-49-11) finished eighth in the Atlantic, finishing at or near the bottom of the National Hockey League in every major category – goals (218, 27) ), goals against (317, 32), play power (13.7%, 31) and shootout kills (75.6%, 27).

“I think I’ve always been confident in my play; I don’t think that’s ever fluctuated,” said Dutch. “I think coming here is almost a reboot for me. The three years in Chicago, ups and downs, whether it’s things I can control or not. …just trying to get out of the last three years and put it behind me.”

The Canadians went 14-19-4 under St. Louis, who signed a three-year contract to stay as coach on June 1. He replaced Dominique Ducharme on February 9.

“I’ve talked to Marty a few times about coming here and playing with an open mind and getting ready for when camp starts, and kind of prove myself,” Dutch said. “Just enjoy hockey again. Play some good games and see where it takes me.”