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The Montreal Canadiens signed veteran defensemen Joel Edmundson to a four-year contract Wednesday for an average of $3.5 million a year.

Edmundson, 27, has appeared in 337 career games across five seasons with the St. Louis Blues and the Carolina Hurricanes. He has tallied 20 goals and 52 assists to go along with 320 penalty minutes and a plus-25 rating.

The Canadiens acquired Edmundson from Carolina earlier this month in exchange for a fifth-round draft pick. The deal allowed Montreal to begin contract negotiations with Edmundson, who was set to become an unrestricted free agent, right away instead of needing to wait until October.

Montreal already has top blueliners Shea Weber and Jeff Petry on its roster heading into next season. Edmundson likely will be part of the team's second pairing on defense.

Edmundson also brings Stanley Cup experience to the Canadiens. He won a championship with the St. Louis Blues in 2019 and has appeared in 53 career playoff games, notching six goals and nine assists.

--Field Level Media

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