Montreal Canadiens forward David Desharnais is one of the most under appreciated players at his position in the entire league, so the fact that he was putting his body on the line in the NHL for a mere $950,000 annual salary was borderline criminal. Now, thankfully, the Canadiens have rewarded Desharnais for his play on the ice with a contract extension that will result in a pay raise.
The Montreal Canadiens announced Desharnais’ extension on Twitter:
Canadiens sign forward David Desharnais to a four-year contract extension.
— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 15, 2013
Shortly after the Canadiens announcement of the Desharnais extension, Renaud Lavoie of RDS passed along the details of the new deal:
— Renaud Lavoie (@RenLavoieRDS) March 15, 2013
In 2013, Desharnais has tallied scored eight goals and 16 points in 27 games. If it weren’t for the contract extension, the 26-year-old forward would have been a restricted free agent this summer.
It was a smart move for the Canadiens to lock up their young, promising forward and an even more ethical move to give the man a pay raise when he has earned it.