Shaw agreed to a six-year contract with the Canadiens on Monday. Shaw was acquired on Friday from the Blackhawks. In his 322 regular season games with Chicago, he had 70 goals, 67 assists, and 300 PIM. He will be able to make an immediate impact at his position in 2016 for Montreal.
Shaw, a pending restricted free agent, was tendered a qualifying offer from the Canadiens on Monday. No surprise here, as Shaw was acquired from Chicago on draft day last Friday. His ability to get under the skin of the opposition should help a Montreal team that really needs to assert itself within that competitive Atlantic Division. Next season will be Shaw's sixth in the NHL. He already has two Stanley Cup wins under his belt, having won it all with the Blackhawks in 2013 and 2015. In 322 career regular-season games -- all with Chicago -- the center has amassed 137 points (70 goals, 67 assists) and 300 PIM.
Shaw was traded to the Canadiens on Friday in exchange for a pair of second-round draft picks in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. There were reports last week that Shaw, who is a pending RFA, was close to a new deal with Chicago, but obviously those talks fell apart. The Habs traded Lars Eller to open a roster spot for Shaw, who should represent an upgrade in numerous areas. Shaw posted 14 goals and 34 points for the Blackhawks last year, which is on par with what should be expected of him this year in Montreal. Shaw works his tail off and he is a proven winner, but he certainly isn't the proven finisher that Montreal is still seeking.
Shaw could be moving closer to a contract extension since the Blackhawks traded Bryan Bickell on Wednesday, CSN Chicago reports. By trading Bickell, the Blackhawks saved $4 million against the cap, which they can put toward a Shaw signing. The 24-year-old agitator pocketed $2 million annually after inking a two-year deal ahead of the 2014-15 campaign. General manager Stan Bowman has expressed an interest in bringing him back. "Yeah, the way Andrew played, obviously we like what he brings to the table and we'd like to try and make something work," he said. The report adds that Bickell wants to remain with the Blackhawks, so this could just be a matter of team brass crunching numbers and reaching a salary figure that makes sense for both parties.
Shaw has served his one-game suspension and is available for Game 6 on Saturday. Shaw was likely the happiest member of the Blackhawks after a double overtime victory Thursday to extend their playoff run. The 24-year-old will have a chance to get on the ice and put this incident behind him, rather than have it be the last thing people remember about his 2015-16 campaign. The winger has been vital to Chicago as he has tallied four points in the series, including a three point night in his most recent outing.
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