MONTREAL, QC. — On Thursday, the Montreal Canadiens announced that Nate Thompson had been re-signed for the 2019-’20 season. General manager Marc Bergevin inked the 34-year-old forward to a one-year, one-way contract with a salary of $1,000,000.
“I felt while I was there that it was a good fit for me. I got to play my role in a great way,” said Thompson. “I was really just chomping at the bit to come back. It’s one of those groups where it’s not hard to jump in and to have fun with the guys right away. The core group that they have – the older guys, the younger guys – it’s just one of those special groups that you just want to be a part of.”
“I’m just so excited to come back because of where our team is headed,” who avoided free agency to sign with the Canadiens. “Everyone on the team, and you could feel it throughout the room, that guys were disappointed. More importantly, though, guys are mad, guys are angry, guys already want to get going and already start the season now because you could feel the hunger from everyone, including myself. We want to get back to work, we want to have a big season, and we want to build off of what we did last year. We want to continue to get better and make the playoffs.”
Thompson was acquired on February 11th along with a fifth round pick in 2019 from the Los Angeles Kings for a fourth-round pick in 2019. In 25 games for the Canadiens, Thompson recorded one goal, six assists for seven points and a minus-4 rating. Thompson was 55.1 percent at the faceoff dot while averaging 13:11 icetime per game.
Thompson had four goals and two assists in 53 games for the Kings this past season.
— Nathan Thompson (@NateThompson44) April 25, 2019
The native of Anchorage, Alaska has appeared in 697 NHL games with Boston, the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay, Anaheim, Ottawa, Los Angeles and the Canadiens, recording 141 points on 58 goals, 83 assists while accumulating 336 penalty minutes.
Nate Thompson was selected in the sixth round, 183rd overall, by the Boston Bruins in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft.
with notes from Elias Laradi, Staff Writer, All Habs Hockey Magazine