The Montreal Canadiens may be out of the race, but they’re not on vacation. Today they announced a two-year extension for Jordan Harris, locking him up through the 2024-25 season. The contract carries an average annual value of $1.4MM.
Signed less than a year ago out of Northeastern University, it was always going to be a quick turnaround for Harris. His entry-level contract was limited to two seasons because of his age, and the first year was burned with his ten-game stretch run. Now, after spending the entire season with Montreal, he would have gone into the summer as a restricted free agent.
To avoid any complications there, the team has handed him a pretty hefty contract for a player with just 57 games under his belt. The hope is that his upward progression continues, and he quickly becomes a bargain for the Canadiens.
It’s easy to bet on Harris. The 22-year-old has averaged over 18 minutes this season and has 11 points, playing mostly in a defensive role despite his relatively small stature. He isn’t the big, bruising behemoth that most imagine when thinking of a shutdown defender, but Harris is effective in his own end, will throw his weight around, and is improving on the penalty kill.
If the Canadiens are going to say goodbye to Joel Edmundson at the deadline, a player like Harris will likely get even more opportunity to play in that shutdown role – even if there does appear to be a little more offensive upside yet untapped.
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Hefty contract ? 1.4M is pretty reasonable for a young top 6 defenseman. He doesn’t get a lot of point but he is pretty good defensively and still very young. This can’t be bad for the Habs
And the worst that happens is that Harris regresses … in which case they can bury almost all the hit in Laval, and it’s just two years anyway. Win-win on both sides.