Brendan Gallagher agreed to a six-year, $39 million contract extension with the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday. It has an average annual value of $6.5 million and will run through the 2026-27 NHL season.
The 28-year-old forward could have become an unrestricted free agent after this season, which will be the final season of a six-year contract he signed Nov. 29, 2014.
“I’ll be able to live a happy life post-hockey, that’s not going to be a worry,” Gallagher said Sept. 14. “I want to enjoy my time and my experience. You want to have an opportunity to be a winner. That’s really what you want to be remembered for. Going into this next contract, however many years you sign for, you want to be in a position where you have that opportunity each and every season.”
Gallagher scored 43 points (22 goals, 21 assists) in 59 games with the Canadiens last season and tied Tomas Tatar for the Montreal lead in goals. He scored four points (one goal, three assists) in nine postseason games. The Canadiens defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in four games in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers before they were defeated in six games by the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference First Round.
Selected by Montreal in the fifth round (No. 147) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Gallagher has scored 334 points (173 goals, 161 assists) in 547 regular-season games, including scoring at least 20 goals four times in the past six seasons. Gallagher has scored 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists) in 49 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Earlier Wednesday, goalie Jake Allen signed a two-year, $5.75 million contract extension ($2.875 million average annual value) with Montreal. It runs through the 2022-23 season. Allen was traded to Montreal by the St. Louis Blues on Sept. 2.