Tougher to make free-agent predictions this year. Less money in the system, so many available. An attempt: https://t.co/PgZwniVQ7E
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 1, 2023
Today marks the opening of the National Hockey League’s autonomous player market.
So seeing a team’s name attached to a player is no guarantee at all, as many other teams are trying to get their hands on that player.
Still, it shows what the team’s needs are.
Except that on the free agent market, that’s not exactly the type of player that’s available.
So, the CH isn’t likely to be very active, but that won’t stop the team from perhaps being interested in some veterans to come and mentor the youngsters.
Well, in one of Elliotte Friedman’s recent articles, the renowned tipster links the name of veteran Ryan O’Reilly to the Montreal Canadiens.
Indeed, in his multi-point text in anticipation of the opening of the free-agent market, Friedman dedicates a point to O’Reilly, who will become a free agent today, explaining that if he doesn’t stay in Toronto, his name has been linked to Detroit, Montreal, Vancouver and Nashville.
Friedman also adds that O’Reilly’s interest in potentially returning to St. Louis should not be underestimated.
By the way, we learned earlier this morning that O’Reilly will indeed be on the free-agent market.
– Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2023
Anyway, personally, I’m quite surprised to see O’Reilly and the Habs in the same sentence.
At 32, the center with 14 NHL seasons under his belt doesn’t really fit in with what the Tricolore is trying to build as a team.
O’Reilly isn’t young, and he’s clearly not the fastest.
Perhaps the CH is simply looking to add experience to its very young team, and O’Reilly would be an excellent veteran for the youngsters.
I don’t hate the fact that the CH is exploring this possibility all the same, but I find it hard to believe that O’Reilly would come to a rebuilding Habs, when he clearly wants to win.
In a gust
– Several players will be leaving the Bruins today via the free-agent market.
In the latest @BOSHockeyNow Bruins Daily:
– MurphysLaw74 (@MurphysLaw74) July 1, 2023
– To watch today.
NHL Free Agency: Five Intriguing Players Who Went Unqualified https://t.co/e0dP3eXqD1
– Spector’s Hockey (@SpectorsHockey) July 1, 2023
– Why would the CH risk losing him?
I don’t know why they haven’t signed him already. With his numbers last year, it seems illogical to take a chance on him.
– Jeremy Filosa 🎙 (@JeremyFilosa) July 1, 2023
– Read more.
– Eyes On The Prize (@HabsEOTP) July 1, 2023
– A big start for Toronto.