The American made the process of his transaction quite complicated → https://t.co/aAgLopMoPA
– DansLesCoulisses (@DLCoulisses) July 11, 2023
Let’s face it: Kent Hughes has pulled off two major coups by signing Kirby Dach and Alex Newhook to four-year contracts. After all, the risk is minimal.
In both cases, Hughes went after a first-round pick from the 2019 crop (Cole Caufield’s, by the way) who was having trouble getting off the ground elsewhere in the United States. In both cases, a four-year contract at more or less $3 million per campaign was offered.
If the guys take off and become the players they need to be, they’ll be paid what they’re worth in three or four years. With the cap increase, that’s expected.
But the risk is that they’ll do it elsewhere, and the CH won’t get full value for its players.
What you need to know is that in 2026 (end of Dach’s deal) and 2027 (end of Newhook’s deal), each player’s contract will bring him within a year of complete autonomy.
If the guys don’t sign a contract extension ahead of time and become excellent field hockey players, they could force the Habs’ hand to leave the organization if that’s what they want.
What works in the CH’s favour is that Dach and Newhook won’t have the “prestige” of the players named above. Both guys are Canadians, and Montreal isn’t a small Canadian market either.
What’s more, it’s building a fine corporate culture under Jeff Gorton, Kent Hughes and Martin St-Louis.
As I said, I really don’t think we’re there yet, and I think the two contracts awarded by the Habs’ GM are excellent for the future. It takes contracts like these to build a great team.
But what I’m saying is that, more and more, a contract a year away from autonomy is becoming a risk in Canada. You just have to keep that in mind.
– Too bad.
Former Quebec Remparts captain Théo Rochette was hoping for a contract in North America, but it never came.
He’ll be joining HC Lausanne next season.https://t.co/xInQ5tQezg
– Kevin Dubé (@KDubeJDQ) July 13, 2023
– Not crazy.
The outfielder wouldn’t solve all the Bombardiers’ problems, but he’d help fill two gaps. https://t.co/1p5noeOroo
– Passion MLB (@passion_mlb) July 13, 2023
– Connor Bedard is in a good environment. [BPM Sports]
– Like a fish in water.
🎥 @27MilanLucic goes 1-on-1 with @erusso22 to look back on his trip to Boston earlier this week: “It was great…just people coming up and saying hey, all being excited that I’m back and a Bruin again. It was fun to share that day with them. “#BearTracks🐾| @Enterprise pic.twitter.com/CuV8qR5YdG
– Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) July 13, 2023