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Christian Dvorak: “A special case” to be shopped for

The Habs are going to need to make room under the salary cap for next season. #SurpriseAndConsternationObviously, the end of contracts for players like Jonathan Drouin, Denis Gurianov, Chris Tierney, Sean Monahan, Paul Byron, Evgenii Dadonov and Nick Bonino (to name but a few) will help Kent Hughes breathe easier. On the other hand, Cole Caufield is going to eat a big chunk of the money released… and Pierre-Luc Dubois could do the same.

This means that, in addition to the guys who won’t be back, the Habs will likely try to liquidate other contracts. Of course, Joel Edmundson’s comes quickly to mind.But what about Christian Dvorak? This is a special case, since he’s a player who’s quite beige in many people’s eyes. You might even question his reputation with the guys in the room, but in reality…

If the Habs were to keep him, that would provide depth at center. In an ideal world, the former Coyotes man would be a third-three player on a good team.But is there a better way to distribute the money than giving $4.45M until 2025 to a guy like him?

Including Carey Price’s salary, the Habs have over $73 million invested for next season and 20 guys under contract. Liquidating a contract like Dvorak’s would help, but would anyone take him? According to Yvon Pedneault, the Habs need to test the market… and he’s right. The journalist called him a “special case” by placing him in his “gone or discounted” category in his Journal de Montréal column. And since he can’t sign at a discount, we can draw our own conclusions.

In his eyes, if the CH were to receive an offer, it would be surprising to see Kent Hughes say no and choose to keep him. I agree, although I doubt that Kent Hughes will actually receive an offer. We’ll talk again in 2024… The CH must be careful not to affect its center line, but let’s just say I’d be very excited by the prospect of seeing this contract leave the CH’s books.

In gossip

– Keep an eye on it.

– Good for him.

– Logical.

– Alignment: what will the Maple Leafs do? [RDT] – Oh yes,

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