The Montreal Canadiens have come to an agreement with Joseph Blandisi on a new contract, a one-year two-way pact that will carry a $700K salary at the NHL level and a $325K salary in the AHL. Blandisi was scheduled to become a restricted free agent next month.
Blandisi, 26, was actually a sixth-round pick of the Colorado Avalanche back in 2012, but never did sign a contract with them. Instead, he re-entered the 2014 draft and was completely passed over, becoming an undrafted free agent that had to return to junior. Perhaps motivated by the snub, Blandisi scored 52 goals and 112 points in the 2014-15 season, earning himself an entry-level contract with the New Jersey Devils in the process.
Beating the odds once again, Blandisi was up with the NHL squad the following season, playing in 41 games for the Devils and scoring 17 points as a rookie. Unfortunately, those would be his career-highs to this point. Blandisi has just 101 games played and 31 points in the NHL, but can serve as a depth option for the Canadiens next season.