Friedman on 32TP: “We should mention with Montreal, Christian Dvorak, it would seem that there isn’t a role for him there now they got so many centers, so I think that’s another name worth keeping an eye on”
– NHL Watcher (@NHL_Watcher) June 28, 2023
Kent Hughes made a move by completing a transaction with the Colorado Avalanche to acquire center Alex Newhook. Following the acquisition, it’s clear right now: the CH has many, many guys who (naturally) play the center position.
Nick Suzuki. Sean Monahan. Kirby Dach. Alex Newhook. Jake Evans. Christian Dvorak. We can even include Owen Beck’s name in the discussion.
These guys will be fighting for one of the four center positions at the next training camp in Montreal. It’s understood that some of them already have a guaranteed position with the team…
And even if a team “can never have too many centers” in its line-up, that’s a lot. That’s a lot, because there are also several wingers who should have their place in the line-up by the first game of the 2023-2024 season.
Elliotte Friedman mentioned this very point this morning in the latest episode of his podcast. The “congestion” at center leads him to believe that Christian Dvorak may not have a role next year…
I think he’s a name to keep an eye on. – Elliotte Friedman
After all, let’s face it: Christian Dvorak isn’t indispensable to Montreal.
Let’s not forget that it would be in the Habs’ interest to trade him quickly, to make it easier to negotiate with other teams. Because, on July 1, a no-trade clause will be activated for the last two years of his contract.
He’ll have to submit a list of eight teams to which he doesn’t wish to be traded… And that could make things difficult for Kent Hughes.
If there is a deal, it’s fair to ask how much the center forward is worth right now. I don’t think Hughes could fetch the big price for him, especially with Dvorak earning $4.45 M annually until the end of the 2024-2025 season…
But on the other hand, I don’t think he has a negative value on the market. Once again, Dvorak could prove useful to a team looking for a good third-line center, and he’s capable of bringing a certain offensive touch to the rink, as he’s averaging 30-35 points per season since his arrival in the NHL.
We’ll have to keep an eye on this, if we’re to believe the Sportsnet source. And I don’t think we’ll have to wait long to see the outcome.
– Nice contract for the depth player.
Hearing the Maple Leafs are closing in on a multi year deal on David Kampf. Around $2.5 aav.
– Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 28, 2023
– Can’t wait for tonight.
Eyes on #CBJ at No.3 today as they debate between Will Smith and Leo Carlsson. Plenty of chatter this week they really like Smith. With the belief Adam Fantilli goes 2nd to the Ducks, does Columbus take Smith at 3, leaving #Sjsharks open to take Leo Carlsson at 4?
– David Pagnotta (@TheFourthPeriod) June 28, 2023
– I agree.
– Mathias Brunet (@mathiasbrunet) June 28, 2023
– Players are human, after all.
Kevin Hayes on the legacy he’s leaving in Philadelphia: pic.twitter.com/Yi164CsQyg
– Adam Kimelman (@NHLAdamK) June 28, 2023
– Well done.