Originally created 06/04/99

Hackett signs three-year extension with Montreal



MONTREAL -- Goaltender Jeff Hackett signed a three-year contract extension with the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday.

Hackett, who turned 31 on Tuesday, had one year remaining on his current contract, after which he could have become an unrestricted free agent.

The Montreal Gazette reported that Hackett would honor the final year of his contract at $1 million, and add three years at what agent Rick Curren called, "Guy Hebert money."

Hebert, Anaheim's goalie, has a three-year, $12 million contract.

Hackett was the Canadiens' player of the year this season after being acquired last Nov. 16 in a six-player trade with the Chicago Blackhawks.

With Montreal, he had a record of 24-20-9 with a 2.27 goals-against average and .914 save percentage in 53 games.