Habs ink Ribeiro, Komisarek and Halak to new deals
Top scorer, rugged defenseman and goaltending prospect now under contract
|Mike Komisarek saw action in a career-high 46 games with the Canadiens in 2003-04 before making his NHL playoff debut in seven postseason games versus both Boston and Tampa Bay.|
MONTREAL - Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Thursday the signing of forward Mike Ribeiro and defenseman Mike Komisarek to one-year contracts for 2005-06, as well as goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a 3-year contract from 2005-06 through 2007-08. As per club policy, terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
"Mike Ribeiro demonstrated during the 2003-04 season how much of a force he can be," said Gainey. "His creativity, his passing skills and his vision make him one of the key components of our offense. Mike Komisarek ended the 2004-05 season on a very positive note with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs. Using his skills and his physical presence, he has the potential to be a very good all-around player. As for Halak, he made a remarkable impression in his first season in North America. He has an excellent work ethic and could become an excellent goaltender in the years to come."
Ribeiro, 25, played in 17 games with the Espoo Blues of the Finnish Elite League in 2004-05, recording eight goals and 17 points in all. The 6-foot, 177-pound native of Montreal led the Canadiens in scoring with 65 points (20 goals, 45 assists) in 81 games in 2003-04. Ribeiro was the Canadiens' second-round pick and the 45th overall selection in 1998.
Jaroslav Halak, who may soon prove to be the steal of the 2003 draft after going 271st overall, served notice as Slovakia's go-to goalie at the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championships in North Dakota.
Halak, 20, played in 62 regular-season games with Lewiston in the QMJHL in 2004-05. He posted a 24-17-4 record along with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage. The 5-foot-11, 171-pound represented Team Slovakia at the 2005 World Junior Hockey Championship. He posted a 2.16 GAA and a .917 save percentage in six contests, going 4-2-0 in the process. The Bratislava, Slovakia native was the Canadiens' ninth-round pick and the 271st overall selection in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.