Harvey-Pinard: “I want to play with the Habs” | JDM https://t.co/9621JgzmIa
– Jonathan Bernier (@JBernierJDM) June 18, 2023
Rafaël Harvey-Pinard has proven himself and now wants to stay with the Canadiens year-round. He was excellent in 2022-23 and has certainly earned his place, even if it’s on the fourth line.
In an interview with Jonathan Bernier of Le Journal de Montréal, Harvey-Pinard made it clear that his time in Laval is over and that he now wants to get down to business in the big leagues.
“Of course, my goal is to sign with the Habs. I want to play with the Habs next year.” – Rafaël Harvey-Pinard
The Quebecer reassures us, however, that there have been discussions between himself, his agent and Kent Hughes. CH fans would be very upset to see a talented local boy leave as a free agent. Fortunately, that shouldn’t happen.
And, to be honest, I don’t see why Harvey-Pinard shouldn’t have the opportunity to stay with the Habs as a regular player. He had a much better season than most other CH players.
He scored 20 points, including 14 goals, in just 34 games. There’s still room for improvement, but for a first half-year in the NHL, it’s pretty solid. Especially since his 14 goals put him in 4th place among Canadiens scorers in 2022-23, just behind Josh Anderson (21), Nick Suzuki (26) and Cole Caufield (26). Note that he achieved this feat without even playing half the season.
With 14 goals in 34 games, he was producing at a rate of 33 goals per full season. That’s incredible for a 24-year-old.
I hope for Harvey-Pinard’s sake, and for the Canadiens’, that the new contract will be a bridge contract. Two or three years with a respectable salary could allow Harvey-Pinard to show what he’s capable of on a regular basis and earn himself an even bigger contract at the end of it.
This would be the end of Rafaël Harvey-Pinard’s career with the Laval Rocket. His time with the CH affiliate was incredible. He collected 107 points, including 46 goals, in 145 games over 3 seasons in Laval.
In short, don’t worry about RHP’s contract. Kent Hughes surely wants to bring him back, and Harvey-Pinard absolutely wants to stay.
– After Caufield, Hughes and Zegras, it’s Pierre-Luc Dubois’ turn to check out F1.
– BarDown (@BarDown) June 18, 2023
– Retirement at 32 is a bit young. No?
At 32, Reilly Smith has accomplished everything he wanted to do in the NHL! pic.twitter.com/36yfry76BM
– RDS (@RDSca) June 18, 2023
– A nice tribute from the Océanic.
We thought you’d probably like to have gone back one last time, the bench where you’ll have left your mark on the imagination of an entire region! 💙
Rest in peace coach! 🕊️
– L’Océanic de Rimouski (@oceanicrimouski) June 18, 2023