Adam Silver on Ja Morant: “We’ve uncovered a fair amount of additional information. We probably could have brought it to a head now, but we’ve made the decision that it would be unfair to these players and these teams to announce that decision in the middle of this series.”
– Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 1, 2023
I’m not worried about Cole Caufield, and in any case, it’s too early to worry. But it does raise questions. Is it normal that the two sides haven’t reached an agreement yet? Perhaps. Bruno Gervais, on TSN, mentioned a few days ago that it was normal.
But what’s slowing down discussions? Is it the team that’s too cheap , or the player who’s too greedy? Or a bit of both?
Is the American’s long-term future in Montreal? We don’t know.
According to what Tony Marinaro has heard, Montreal isn’t interested in giving more money to its maverick than to its captain. And understandably so… After all, Nick Suzuki is the face of the team, the team leader and the top scorer. I can’t see Kent Hughes giving Caufield eight million or more annually.
There would be action on the seventh floor of the Bell Centre... 😳🤯https://t.co/NtA1cBD0rJ
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) June 1, 2023
We want to respect a certain hierarchy in the team and make sure that the captain, who is also the best player, is the highest paid. – Cole Caufield
If Caufield receives a contract with a higher annual salary than his teammate, it would set a bad example. Why should a guy who collects fewer points per season (but scores more goals) be paid more than the captain and best player? It wouldn’t send the right message, in my opinion, and that’s one of the reasons why negotiations are taking longer; Kent Hughes doesn’t want to split his room.
Technically, Carey Price is the highest paid, but for the sake of the exercise, we’ll leave him out of the equation for obvious reasons.
A three-to-four-year contract is a possibility for the little winger, and if that’s the case, Jean-Charles Lajoie believes he’ll be gone when his contract expires.
Assuming we’re heading towards a four-year contract, that means Montreal has three years to win, because in 2027, Caufield will have left via the autonomous player market. – Jean-Charles Lajoie
In short, Caufield’s contractual situation continues to be the talk of the town. Fortunately, a hostile offer doesn’t seem to be in the plans of another team…
🛑 “Adin Hill does a hell of a job, I wouldn’t mind giving him the Conn-Smythe trophy!”
– 98,5 Sports (@985Sports) June 2, 2023
– Well done.
Jimmy Oligny and his girlfriend have set up a foundation to help foster families and youth in Winnipeg! 👏 pic.twitter.com/s7LO8PqUHO
– Field hockey 360 (@hockey360) June 1, 2023
– The Quebecer is off to a pretty interesting start to his MLB career.
Highlights – Charles Leblanc talks about his first game in Major League Baseball! ⚾️ pic.twitter.com/B1boRf6e9g
– L’Antichambre (@Antichambre) June 2, 2023
– Adam Silver has a knack for getting things right.
– It’s hard for them.