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Canadiens sign Chipchura to one-year contract

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7/11/2009 12:51:01 PM
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The Montreal Canadiens summer spending splurge continued Saturday as general manager Bob Gainey announced the signing of forward Kyle Chipchura to a one-year contract worth $500,000.

In 13 games with the Habs last year, the Westlock, Alberta native picked up three assists.  The 23-year old spent the majority of the season with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, scoring 14 goals and adding 21 assists and a +28 rating in 51 games.

With a near complete roster overhaul, Chipchura has an excellent opportunity to finally crack the Canadiens lineup.  He is a proven winner, having captained the Bulldogs to their first ever Calder Cup Championship in the 2007-08 season.  He also served as Captain of Canada's gold-medal winning squad at the 2006 IIHF World Junior hockey tournament in B.C.

Chipchura was the Habs first round selection, 18th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.

Kyle Chipchura (Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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