A little Canadiens offseason primer with some information gathered at the combine and elsewhere. His name is sadly missing here, but @MAGodin was a huge part of the reporting process: https://t.co/vEDYbl7dPf
– Arpon Basu (@ArponBasu) June 14, 2023
Many are hoping the Habs will part with Mike Hoffman, whose contract expires in a year’s time. At $4.5 million a season, he not only takes up space under the ceiling, he also takes up a roster spot.
Of course, we know that NHL teams won’t be interested in acquiring Hoffman this summer. To trade him, the CH will have to hope he has a strong start to the season and leaves as a rental player – at 50% of his salary.
Why is this so? Because it’s still a long-term goal.
In fact, the Habs certainly don’t want to put any more money on the cap in 2024-2025. So not buying him out means taking a financial hit in 2023-2024 to save for the long term.
After all, let’s not forget that in 2023-2024, the Habs won’t be making the playoffs. I don’t think they will, but they’ll be closer than they’ve been in two years.
And in a year’s time, the ceiling will rise even higher.
At that point, the Habs won’t want to add $1.66 million to their payroll. The club will really be trying to get to the next level, and every dollar will be important.
Expect the club to be much better in 2024-2025. So the goal will be that there really isn’t a ball and chain dragging the club down on the mass. Karl Alzner’s contract will be off the CH books in a year’s time.
The club is moving in the right direction. Buying Hoffman would be called “turning corners”, in my eyes.
– A new agent for Yaroslav Askarov.
Agent switch: Russian netminder Yaroslav Askarov, 1st RD pick of Nashville in 2020, now repped by Dan Miltsen and Vlad Spektor of Gold Star Hockey
– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) June 15, 2023
– The Flyers are in action.
OFFICIAL: We have named John LeClair to the position of Special Advisor to Hockey Operations. https://t.co/ReyV1q97py
– Philadelphia Flyers (@NHLFlyers) June 15, 2023
– Things are bad in St. Louis.
This certainly wasn’t what Nolan Arenado had in mind when he decided not to exercise his opt-out. https://t.co/Yb0cAtqoHJ
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) June 15, 2023
– To win in the playoffs, do you have to exceed the salary cap? [98.5 FM]
– 50 Cent teams up with Golden Knights.
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