Pacioretty signs 2-year deal with Canadiens

Montreal forward Max Pacioretty has signed a two-year contract to stay with the Canadiens through the 2012-13 season, the team announced Monday. The terms of the contract were not disclosed by the team, but TSN is reporting the full value of the contract at $3.25 million.

Had he not signed, Pacioretty would have become a restricted free agent July 1.

"Happy to announce I just signed a two-year deal with the Habs," Pacioretty wrote on his Twitter account Monday. "Really looking forward to getting this season started now."

Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier called Pacioretty, "one of the most promising young players in our organization."

"A power forward with skills, Max showed that he can help our team and make a name for himself in the NHL," Gauthier continued. "We are confident that he will have fully recovered from the injury that kept him out of the lineup for the last month of the regular season and the playoffs."

Pacioretty had 14 goals and 10 assists in 37 games in 2010-11, but became better known for the significant injury that ended his season.

On March 8, when Boston captain Zdeno Chara inadvertently drove him face-first into the padded partition by the team benches at Bell Centre. Pacioretty suffered a severe concussion and a fracture of the fourth cervical vertebrae and was forced to spend two nights in the hospital.