The Montreal Canadiens didn’t waste their time locking Joel Edmundson to a new deal after recently trading with Carolina Hurricanes to get him. The Canadiens confirmed on Thursday that Edmundson inked an extension with the team that runs for the next four seasons.
Edmundson’s extension is worth $14 million and comes with a $3.5 million annual salary. The 27-year-old defensman was set to become a free agent after the 2019/20 NHL season.
Canadiens acquired Edmundson less than a week ago, sending a 2020 fifth-round pick to Carolina to get him. He is viewed by the organization as a potential key piece on defense, which is why they decided to hammer out a long-term deal as soon as possible.
The St. Louis Blues handed out Edmundson his NHL debut during the 2015/16 season, and he quickly became a regular part of the team’s lineup. He played 269 games in the next four years, contributing with 52 points (13 goals, 39 assists) and helped the franchise win Stanley Cup in 2019.
The Blues traded Edmundson to the Hurricanes prior to the start of 2019/20, and he ended up responding with a career-best campaign. He finished the regular season by playing 68 games and having seven goals and 13 assists for a career-high 20 points.