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Habs sign Paul Byron to reported three-year, $3.5M extension

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Montreal Canadiens’ Paul Byron (41) tries to hold back Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby during the first period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson /The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT


The Montreal Canadiens seem primed to be trade deadline sellers, but they’re not pawning off depth forward Paul Byron.

(This is something ESPN/TSN’s Pierre LeBrun hinted at earlier.)

Instead, the Canadiens signed Byron to a three-year contract extension. Multiple reports indicate that the cap hit is $1.167 million (rounded up), which puts the total damage at about $3.5 million overall.

That’s a slight premium to pay for a depth forward, though it’s not outrageous if the club likes what it sees from the 26-year-old.

We’ll see how many of his current teammates join him in 2016-17.