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Subban has signed for two years.

Defenceman P.K. Subban will be rejoining the Montreal Canadiens after signing a two-year, $5.75 million US contract on Monday.

He will make $2 million the first year after having earned $875,000 last season on an entry-level contract.

More stories about Greg Zanon 's beard.

"I think kids are a little nervous at first, but I always let them know … I’m an easy guy to talk to if you just come on up and feel free," he replied. "I don’t want anybody to be scared, it’s just something to do."

As of now, Zanon thinks the beard will be a mainstay — at least if he gets his way.

"My wife doesn’t want to hear that, but it’s long term," he said.

He said the longest he’s every grown a beard is for seven months and he’s approaching that benchmark now. So Zanon doesn’t know what to expect about its growth pattern after that.

The refs had a first time linesman a few games ago, and last night they had a referee who officiated his first NHL game.

It’s going to be special night for one Kindersley man as he steps onto the ice to referee his first NHL game as Edmonton plays host to Colorado.

It’s been a long road for 28-year-old Graham Skilliter and he’s looking forward to see his dream finally fulfilled.

"Once I fell asleep last night I was fine, but I did toss and turn for quite a bit thinking about tonight," said Skilliter.

"It’s been something I’ve been dreaming about for some time now and I’m just looking forward to that puck finally dropping."