The Montreal Canadiens announced on Friday that Joel Armia has agreed to terms on a one-year contract worth $1.85 million.
The 25-year-old was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the first round (16th overall) of the 2011 NHL Draft. He mainly played for Buffalo’s AHL affiliate in Rochester before being traded to Winnipeg in the deal that sent Evander Kane to Buffalo. The Canadiens acquired Armia along with Steve Mason in exchange for defenceman Simon Bourque.
Armia posted 10 points in his inaugural season in Winnipeg. He posted career-bests across the board in 2017-18, scoring 12 goals and finishing with 29 points. He added two goals in the playoffs as Winnipeg fell in the Western Conference Final to the Las Vegas Golden Knights. Armia entered free agency with 58 points in 180 NHL games played.
The Pori, Finland native is coming off a two-year, $1.85 million contract, signed before the 2016-17 season.