USATSI_9266172_154158418_lowresAfter acquiring him in a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks on June 24, the Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Andrew Shaw to a six-year contract carrying an average annual value of $3.9 million.

The 24-year-old could’ve become an unrestricted free agent come July 1.

“As I mentioned last Friday following his acquisition, we are adding a solid character player to our team, a reliable player who plays with grit and a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks over the past five seasons,” Montreal general manager Marc Bergevin said.

The Belleville native is a solid two-way player with a capacity to agitate the opposition. He likes to muck it up in the goal mouth and makes a great deal out of his size, despite being considered small for the modern game.

In 78 regular season games with the Blackhawks, Shaw had 34 points – including 14 goals. He had six points in six playoff games, with three of his goals in the post-season coming on the power play.

In 322 career games, all with the Blackhawks, Shaw has 137 points. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, with current Montreal GM Bergevin instrumental in his arrival in the National Hockey League.

See, Bergevin was serving as Chicago’s assistant GM when Shaw was drafted. He signed the youngster to his first NHL contract and, to hear Shaw tell it, “likes the rat” in the pesky forward.

“He obviously likes me as a player and went out on a limb and brought me into the NHL. He’s given me that opportunity and I’ve kind of run with it,” said Shaw. “I owe him a lot, so I’m excited to be teamed up with him again and look forward to having success with him as well.”

Indeed, that Bergevin/Shaw connection influenced the contract and should be a big part of how the player fits in with the Habs’ franchise for years to come. Despite an obvious affection for the game in Chicago, Shaw is excited to get things started in Montreal and he should be a great fit for the squad. He did believe the Blackhawks were interested in signing him, but a deal was never completed.

“It’s tough, I thought we were close [to an agreement],” Shaw said. “I loved being in Chicago, obviously; it’s a second home to me. A lot of great memories there, I had some fun playing there. I have a lot of friends and family in that city, so I’m going to miss it dearly, that’s for sure. I’ve got a fresh start with a new team and I’m excited about that. It’s going to be fun.”

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