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Tomas Plekanec #14 of the Montreal Canadiens breaks away from Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators and scores during the NHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on October 11, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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Tomas Plekanec wanted to extend his window to win a Stanley Cup with the Montreal Canadiens, and the club made sure he'd get that chance.

The Canadiens signed Plekanec on Friday to a US$12-million, two-year extension that keeps him under contract through the 2017-18 season.

Plekanec is an alternate captain and key piece of Montreal's core, which includes MVP goaltender Carey Price, captain Max Pacioretty and top defenceman P.K. Subban.

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The durable centre, who turns 33 at the end of October, will count $6 million each of the next two seasons, making $7 million in 2016-17 and $5 million the next year.

Plekanec played all 82 regular-season games last year, putting up 26 goals and 34 assists and then six points in 12 playoff games as the Habs reached the second round.

In 766 career regular-season games, Plekanec has 206 goals and 297 assists, and in 80 playoff games he has 15 goals and 31 assists.

There is no type of no-trade protection in the new deal, which expires at the same time as Price's.

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