Colby Armstrong - RW - 6'2" 195 lbs 2011-12 Stats: 29GP - 1G - 2A - -8 - 9 PIM
Armstrong signed a one year deal worth $1 million. That is a steal for a third liner who adds grit and can chip in offensively providing he can stay healthy.
Armstrong missed 53 games due to injuries last season including a sprained ankle, an injured foot and a broken nose. It's no doubt that Armstrong's injury riddled year helped lower his previous, $3 million salary.
With numbers that don't do much to impress, it is his style of play that brought Armstrong to Montreal. Much like the recently signed Ryan White, Travis Moen and Brandon Prust, Armstrong will help make the Canadiens much tougher to play against.
Armstrong plays a similar type of game as former Habs' Darcy Tucker and Maxim Lapierre where he gets under the skin of opposing players and doesn't gain much love from fans outside of the city in which he plays.
A third line of Armstrong, Lars Eller and Travis Moen would be ideal. While Eller has yet to sign with the Canadiens it is likely that the free agent frenzy is what's holding it back and that the young Danish centerman will come to terms with the Habs when things die down.
Armstrong is a strong two way player who along with Eller and Moen could play aginst teams top lines while at the same time chipping in with some occasional offense.
53 missed games last year makes it difficult to guage much but in 2010-11 Armstrong averaged 1:51 minutes of shorthanded play per game.
With Armstrong and Brandon Prust joining the Habs and Petteri Nokelainen returning, one of the most advantageous aspects of the new additions could be the play of Tomas Plekanec.
With so many capable penalty killers, this could be the year that Plekanec is given a bit of a break on the PK and more time to focus on his offense while playing five on five as well as on the power play.
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