Palushaj: "I have a lot to prove this year"
Montreal Canadiens General Ganager Marc Bergevin announced the signing of forward Aaron Palushaj to a one-year, two-way contract today.
The 22-year-old restricted free agent scored his first NHL goal and added four assists in 38 games with the Canadiens last season.
And although some young up-and-coming players would have pushed for a longer contract, he says he’s happy to be able to prove his worth this season and then re-negotiate again next year.
“No I think I wanted a one year deal. I think I have a lot to prove this year, this is a huge year for me and it worked out well for both of us. I’m excited for September to come and for us to get going”.
The Michigan native finished third in scoring for the Hamilton Bulldogs last season with 35 points (15 goals, 20 assists) in 35 games. And while he’d love a full time position with the Habs, he realizes he’s going to have to earn it.
“Obviously I wanted a one way contract but we negotiated a two way and it is what it is. I’m just going to have to go into camp as if I have a one way and just play like I know I can.”