Canadiens sign Josh Anderson to 7-year, $38.5M deal

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The Montreal Canadiens inked newly acquired forward Josh Anderson to a seven-year contract carrying an average annual value of $5.5 million, the club announced Thursday.

Anderson's pact includes a no-trade clause and breaks down as follows, according to TSN's Darren Dreger:

Year Salary
1 $4M
2 $4M
3 $7M
4 $8M
5 $7M
6 $5M
7 $3.5M

The Canadiens will pay Anderson entirely in salary as no signing bonuses are included, reports Sportsnet's Chris Johnston.

Montreal landed him in the trade that sent Max Domi and a third-round pick to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.

Anderson was a pending restricted free agent coming off a three-year deal worth $1.85 million per season. The 26-year-old posted only one goal and three assists over 26 games in 2019-20 after missing much of the campaign due to injury.

He collected 27 goals and 47 points while playing all 82 contests for Columbus in 2018-19, and he buried 19 goals across only 63 games one season prior. Anderson notched 17 goals in 78 contests while averaging only 12 minutes of ice time during his first full NHL campaign in 2016-17.

The Blue Jackets selected the 6-foot-3, 222-pound winger 95th overall in 2012.

Canadiens sign Josh Anderson to 7-year, $38.5M deal
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