Canadiens sign netminder Curtis Sanford to one-year contract

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The Hockey News

The Hockey News

MONTREAL - The Montreal Canadiens continued their off-season makeover Monday, inking netminder Curtis Sanford to a one-year contract.

Sanford, 29, went 11-11-1 with a 2.69 goals against average for the Vancouver Canucks last season. The five-foot-10, 187-pounder had a .903 save percentage and one shutout in 35 regular-season games.

He also spent 16 games with the AHL's Manitoba Moose, going 7-3-3 with a 1.73 goals-against average, a .936 save percentage and two shutouts.

Terms of the deal were not released. Sanford made $600,000 last season.

Sanford has a 37-37-16 record with a 2.76 goals-against average in 108 career regular-season games with the Canucks and St. Louis Blues.

Sanford is the latest addition to a revamped Canadiens team that has already added centre Scott Gomez through trade and forwards Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta, along with defenceman Jaroslav Spacek and Hall Gill, through free agency.