From NHL Board of Governors: teams will not wear specialty jerseys in warmups next season. Also: Cap, Ottawa, Arizona and other topics. With Commissioner Gary Bettman here – https://t.co/7kBduYBk1X
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 22, 2023
But what’s interesting is what happens next.
According to the Commissioner, it’s possible to believe that the players’escrow will be paid for the 2024-2025 season, so the cap could rise substantially.
We already knew it was going to be quite high, and the figure of $88 million has already been raised. That said, to hear the commissioner confirm that this is a possible amount (anything can change, but it’s a realistic amount) is quite promising.
I don’t need to tell you that this kind of increase hasn’t been seen since the pandemic.
In reality, the CH’s plan is simple. On paper, the bottom of the barrel was reached at the end of the 22-23 season. In 23-24, the club wants to climb back up the standings and take a step forward.
And in 24-25, the final year of coach Martin St-Louis’ contract, the club wants to be competitive.
So, theoretically, there’s one year left that’s a little tougher than the others. The Canadiens won’t be making the playoffs in 2024, but the goal will be to aspire to one in 2025.
Right now, the Habs have 14 players under contract for the 2024-2025 season. 68.155 million is on the club’s books, which would leave around twenty million dollars free for the future.
But be warned: the amount includes the salary of Carey Price, whose playing career is over. The goalie has moved out West for the rest of his life, and his visits here and there in town won’t be to play for the Habs.
So, basically, we’re talking about a package worth close to $30 million.
The situation is quite different right now. After all, Carey Price’s contract aside, the Habs have about $8 million to spare right now.
Cap Friendly leads us to believe that we’re talking about nine, but you have to add Cayden Primeau, who, until proven otherwise, is in Montreal. After all, he can’t go to Laval without going through the ballot.
Rafaël Harvey-Pinard, Jesse Yönen and Denis Gurianov, who could perhaps return, also need new contracts.
Big weekend for Pierre-Luc Dubois, Cole Caufield and P.K. Subban! pic.twitter.com/1wqqLxkWgp
– Maxime Truman (@MaximeTruman) June 19, 2023
But even if he’s not badly taken this year, he’ll have a lot of lousse a year from now. A lot more.
With the passage of time, some nasty contracts are gradually coming off the Habs’ books. This summer, Paul Byron and Jonathan Drouin are the two biggest departures. Sean Monahan, meanwhile, is no longer on the terms of such a big contract.
But in a year’s time, this will be even more obvious because of the extra kit. After all, Mike Hoffman and Joel Edmundson are the biggest contracts that will allow the Habs to breathe easier. Sean Monahan is also likely to leave in 2024 – depending on his health.
Rem Pitlick and Chris Wideman may also leave, but their contracts don’t hurt the CH.
Justin Barron and Arber Xhekaj will be compensated free agents, but there’s no Cole Caufield next summer. I don’t see an RFA breaking the bank.
Samuel Montembeault could earn a few million dollars more (he earns a million dollars and will be free as a bird in 2024), certainly, but nothing that will destroy the club’s salary balance.
His agent wants to start negotiations with the Habs this month → https://t.co/6WZDvn2Hsj
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) June 15, 2023
I’m thinking of you, Brendan Gallagher and (especially) Joel Armia.
A guy like Christian Dvorak will be a year away from autonomy. That could easily justify a trade, too. The same goes for David Savard… even though he’s more useful than Dvorak in my eyes.
Adding the injured list (except Price, who won’t play again), 10 forwards, five defensemen and one goalie are already in town for 2023-2024, and as I said, there won’t be a Cole Caufield-style player commanding a big salary increase.
A world of possibilities will open up for the Habs. And with Martin St-Louis as coach, let’s just say it’s another selling point to attract people to the city.
– We agree.
“In the last few years, they made a mistake with Kotkaniemi and they’re still paying the price” – Félix Séguin, on the importance of picking the right player at #5.
– La Dose (@LaDose_TVA) June 23, 2023
– Serge Beausoleil at the helm of the Olympiques?
After a new GM for the Armada, it would then be the Olympiques’ turn to wet themselves for the same position . The name circulating tonight is Serge Beausoleil.
– steve turcotte (@steveturcotte) June 23, 2023
– I think a deal involving him will be very complicated. #AccountingLeague
Friedman on 32TP talks about how when Dubas was in Toronto he looked at Erik Karlsson, not sure how Pittsburgh even makes that work. Also wonders if Dubas puts his 1st RDer on the table for a goalie, however, says he doesn’t think Dubas is a John Gibson guy.
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) June 23, 2023
Several members of the Blue Jays could join them. https://t.co/NGMvqcTFpt
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) June 23, 2023
– No, Max Pacioretty is not coming to Montreal.