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Canadiens sign Torrey Mitchell to three-year deal

The Canadiens re-signed center Torrey Mitchell to a three-year, $3.6-million contract Monday. It’s a lot of term for a bottom six player to receive, but Mitchell took a major pay cut to remain with a Montreal team he played well for in this year’s playoffs.

Montreal GM Marc Bergevin locked up veteran center Torrey Mitchell to a three-year, $3.6-million contract Monday that will keep him in the Canadiens organization through the 2017-18 season.

The 30-year-old Mitchell was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer after the expiry of a three-year, $5.7-million dollar he signed with Minnesota in 2012. The Quebec native was acquired from Buffalo at this year’s trade deadline in exchange for minor-league winger Jack Nevins and a seventh-round draft selection in this year’s draft; although he had just a single assist in 14 regular-season games, Mitchell chipped in four assists and five points in 12 playoff games for the Habs.

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While it’s not generally advisable for a bottom six forward such as Mitchell to receive anything more than a two-year deal, the fact he agreed to take a massive pay cut – from an average annual salary of $1.9 million to $1.2 million a year for the next three seasons – made it a much more palatable deal for Bergevin to accept.