It is no longer a secret, the Canadian’s payroll is too high (for a club in reconstruction).
Despite the departures of Shea Weber, Alexander Romanov and Jeff Petry in the last month, the salary situation remains very precarious.
Following the signing of Samuel Montembeault today, the Habs are just under $250,000 under the salary cap and Kirby Dach is yet to be signed.
Therefore, it offers a good insurance policy in CH → https://t.co/sKvsaCf2PW
— Behind the scenes (@DLCoulisses) July 18, 2022
Unsurprisingly, Kent Hughes is still looking to cut his payroll.
#habs General manager Kent Hughes says they will continue to look for ways to reduce #canadians salary cap / give them more financial flexibility.
— Priyanta Emrith (@HabsInHighHeels) July 16, 2022
and according to what the fourth periodChristian Dvorak, Mike Hoffman and Evgenii Dadonov could be used as bargaining chips:
Forwards Christian Dvorak, Mike Hoffman and Evgenii Dadonov are players who could be on the verge of leaving and whose names are surfacing on the trade market. As teams look to address their offensive woes this summer, one of these players could fill another club’s need and give the Canadiens more salary-cap flexibility.
After being acquired in the Shea Weber trade, could Dadonov be traded without playing a single game in the blue white red?
When he was acquired a little over a month ago, Hughes mentioned that he liked the offensive side that the Golds didn’t love.in gentlemen could contribute to the team. He spoke of himself as a player who could help the Canadian in the short term.
Kent Hughes says he likes how Dadonov brings an offensive element to the Canadians, at least for a year. So for now, Dadonov is expected to play for Montreal next season.
—Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) June 16, 2022
So the GM went for empty talk? Yes and no.
At this point, Dadonov has no market value. Twice Vegas tried to trade it for a retired player’s big payday (or injured, you decide). The CH could not part with him without receiving another big salary in return, which is not the goal here.
But there is only one year left on the winger’s contract. If he gets off to a good start in Montreal, he certainly could be traded elsewhere for a draft pick. Plus, Hughes would then be able to keep half of his salary without a problem, making a potential trade easier.
For Hoffman’s part, these rumors are not new. Last June, The Fourth Period also mentioned that it was available.
But the Ontarian will be very difficult to trade this year. He will pocket $4.5 million by 2024 and his reputation, as well as his wife’s, off the ice rink is bad. Unless he bathes in the fountain of youth and has a great season, he likely won’t be traded until next year, just before his contract expires.
As for Dvorak, it’s a bit more complicated. In his case, the rumors are not new either. His profile could certainly interest several teams, especially in the West, but his departure would leave a huge void in Montreal’s center line.
Kirby Dach probably isn’t ready to pivot at the second row yet, and besides him, Suzuki and Dvorak, the centers are Jake Evans, Nate Schnarr, Mitchell Stephens and Anthony Richard.
In short, it would create a young center group without depth. Unless you’re looking for another line-pivot player like Pierre-Luc Dubois, it would be surprising if the former Coyotes player were about to leave this summer.
A lot of
– For those who want to hear Matheson tomorrow
Campbell vs. Gallo
12:30 on Tuesday #TSN690 pic.twitter.com/sqlmFOA8on
—Campbell (@seanrcampbell) July 18, 2022
“That would be a well deserved honor.
LRDS // Gabriel Bourque will return for the Rocket and may even take on a new role on the team.
The full interview ➡️ https://t.co/pUNjrcRphI
— 91.9 Sports (@919sports) July 18, 2022
– Can’t wait to follow him for years to come.
Lane Hutson is a confident, determined and highly skilled young man. I interviewed him on Saturday. Here’s an article I just posted: https://t.co/to6RtkZPG1 pic.twitter.com/hrIVvZDLjP
—Grant McCagg (@grantmccagg) July 18, 2022
– The Coyotes sign Cnnor Geekie.
The Arizona Coyotes signed forward Conor Geekie to a three-year, entry-level contract.
Geekie was the Coyotes’ first round pick (11th overall) in the 2022 NHL Entry Draft. pic.twitter.com/lF2YjFs9g0
—Complete HkyNews (@CompleteHkyNews) July 18, 2022
– Could be very expensive to purchase.
Who are the favorites to put their hands on Juan Soto?https://t.co/olS0kyiPh2
—RDS (@RDSca) July 18, 2022
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