The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed defenceman Brett Kulak to a three-year contract.

The contract will have a cap hit of $1.85 million per year, which is outstanding value for the defenceman who cemented a role in the team’s top four last season. He was set to become a restricted free agent on July 1.

His role solidified into a second pairing spot with Jeff Petry, and the pair had very good results.

Kulak was acquired before the season started from the Calgary Flames for Matt Taormina and Rinat Valiev. Kulak, 25, played 57 games for the Canadiens last season and set career highs in goals (6), assists (11), and points (17).