The Montreal Canadiens have signed defenceman Chris Wideman to a two-year contract extension.
Terms of the new deal for Wideman were not released in a press statement or on social media by the team but Per Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports, Wideman’s new contract will pay him $750,000 in the 2022-23 season and $775,000 in 2023-24.
— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) June 6, 2022
After signing a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens last offseason, Wideman had a solid season for the Habs with four goals and 23 assists in 64 games. Wideman had played the 2020-21 season in the KHL. He had nine goals and 32 assists in 59 games with the Nizhny Novgorod Torpedo.
Chris Wideman was suspended for one game this season for head-butting Boston Bruins forward Erik Haula in a Habs’ 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Feb. 12.
The 32-year-old, 5-foot-10, 180-pound rearguard now has 20 goals and 52 assists in 245 NHL games.
Wideman was drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the fourth round (100th overall), of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
The Montreal Canadiens still have three free agents on their blue line left to sign. Restricted free agents Alexander Romanov (102C) and Kale Clague (arbitration eligible, and unrestricted free agent William Lagesson (G6). The Montreal Canadiens are also trying to figure out if they will trade defenceman Jeff Petry as well.
Restricted free agent forwards Micheal Pezzetta and Rem Pitlick remain unsigned, as do unrestricted free agents Laurent Dauphin, Mathieu Perreault and Tyler Pitlick.
Restricted free agent Samuel Montembeault is also unsigned as the Montreal Canadiens await word on the future of Carey Price in the NHL and with the team.
After winning the Bill Masterton Trophy this past Friday, Price revealed that he is now taking PPR injections in an effort to return to the ice and resume his career next season. Price stressed that he is not giving up on returning to play in the 2022-23 season but stressed that not much has changed since he said this in his exit session with the media when the 2021-22 season ended.