Canadiens sign St. Pierre, Tarnasky

The Montreal Canadiens, parent club of the AHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs, announced Saturday the signing of free-agent forwards Martin St. Pierre and Nick Tarnasky to one-year, two-way contracts for the 2013-14 season.

St. Pierre totaled 59 points (26 goals, 33 assists) in 76 games with the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs in 2012-13, maintaining a plus-11 rating. On Jan. 5, he became the 83rd player in American Hockey League history to record 500 career points.

A 29-year-old native of Embrun, Ont., St. Pierre has averaged better than a point per game over his AHL career, amassing 151 goals and 377 assists for 528 points in 516 games with the Edmonton Road Runners (2004-05), Norfolk Admirals (2005-07), Rockford IceHogs (2007-08, 2012-13), Providence Bruins (2008-09), Binghamton Senators (2009-10) and Springfield Falcons (2011-12).

St. Pierre has appeared in five AHL All-Star Classics and was an AHL All-Rookie Team selection in 2005-06, a First Team AHL All-Star in 2006-07 and a Second Team All-Star in 2007-08. St. Pierre has finished among the top 10 in overall scoring four times, setting career highs with 27 goals, 72 assists and 99 points for Norfolk in 2006-07.

St. Pierre has also appeared in 38 Calder Cup Playoff games, totaling seven goals and 27 assists for 34 points.

In 38 career NHL games with Chicago, Boston and Ottawa, St. Pierre has collected three goals and five assists.

Tarnasky registered 26 points (16 goals, 10 assists) in 74 games with the AHL’s Rochester Americans in 2012-13. He led his team with 138 penalty minutes.

Tarnasky, 28, has played 293 games in the AHL with Springfield and Rochester, notching 47 goals and 42 assists for 89 points along with 571 penalty minutes. He has also appeared in 245 career regular-season games in the NHL with Tampa Bay, Nashville and Florida, notching 30 points (13 goals, 17 assists) and 297 penalty minutes.

A native of Rocky Mountain House, Alta., Tarnasky was drafted by Tampa Bay in 2003.