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Josh Gorges signs six-year extension with Montreal

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MONTREAL, CANADA - DECEMBER 13: Josh Gorges #26 of the Montreal Canadiens skates with the puck while being chased by Michael Grabner #40 of the New York Islanders during the NHL game at the Bell Centre on December 13, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

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It’s a good day to be Josh Gorges.

The Montreal Canadiens locked up their stud defenseman to a six-year contract extension. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun tweets that the deal is worth $3.9 million per season against the cap for a total of $23.4 million.

Gorges has emerged as perhaps Montreal’s best young defensive defenseman and as a guy who Canadiens fans have rallied around hoping the team would keep him around. Consider that wish granted.

The price tag for a guy known more for stopping opponents than contributing offensively seems to be a bit high and the years could be daunting given Gorges’ injury struggles. It’s a gutsy (or desperate) move by GM Pierre Gauthier, however, after he gave Andrei Markov a new contract in the offseason while his knee turned to Jell-O.